Love Helps: How Relationships and Marriage Affect Health, Happiness and Finance (Infographic)

Love often gets a bad reputation for being painful. I’m sure that anyone who’s experienced heartbreak can attest to the fact that sometimes, “love hurts.” However, as this infographic shows, quantitatively speaking, love can help us too. Besides the obvious plusses of sharing employer benefits adding an extra income, there are some surprising health benefits as well. For example, individuals with solid relationships tend to live at least 3.7 years longer than those that don’t, and single people spend twice as much time in the hospital as married people.

What struck me the most was that some experts say the mental well-being of a marriage is equivalent to getting $100,000 more a year. So while at times you may feel like the only thing you need to be happy is more money, statistics how that taking some time instead to reconnect with your loved ones could be even more valuable.

love helps infographic


  1. I cover marriage a lot in my personal/parenting blog. The reasons are obvious, and it shows in what was placed above. The ripple effects of love and a loving environment are truly great.

    This is great stuff and for sure I’m gonna share this graphic when I make my newest post.

  2. Marriage effect on mental being equals being given a $100,000/year — I knew it I am $1.4M richer to date!

    Married couple having more sex, ave 9x/month — why is the figure so low?

    Marriage may not always seem like a fairy tale — all are fairy tales. Unbelievable!

    Interesting topic! I am inspired to create more wealth by nurturing love. When there is love, there is trust that each will take care of each other no matter what. When one knows that s/he will be taken care of, there is no fear thus one is healthy and happy — that’s wealth!

  3. That was very interesting! With the higher number of divorce in this generation, I wonder if it will contribute to lowering life expectancy.

  4. Life is much easier to handle with a loving partner by your side. Two people face the same obstacles as one does, but you can divide and conquer.

    My husband and I do this: He focuses on his career, and I take care of everything else. We have done this for the past 3 years and it is working out great for us. Though I do sometime get flack for being a housewife without kids, mostly from males!

    But I say that life is too short to live according to other people’s standards. As long as a person does not break any laws or harm society and other people, I say whatever floats their boat.

  5. I love this. I am going to show this to my fiance. There are some very interesting statistics in this regarding health and finances that I enjoyed learning about. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love this too! I also think it is great hearing this from a guy. I truly believe that my life is 1000% better because of the support and love I get from my wonderful spouse. While we have struggled some financially during our marriage, I think we would have been a lot worse off alone…and minus 2 pretty terrific kids too! Thanks for sharing. I shared on my blog!