10 Good Reasons Men Should Start Embracing Marriage

10 Good Reasons Men Should Start Embracing Marriage ©iStock/AmmentorpDK

The term “ball and chain” is an age old joke men have with each other about their nagging wives, but the idea that marriage is the end of a guy’s freedom and enjoyment in life is stupid and the wrong way of looking at things. Here are 10 reasons men should start embracing marriage — he just might start getting more out of it when he does.

  1. He’ll have sex more often. There’s a rumor that you stop having sex after you’re married because your relationship loses its luster. However, even if a man only has sex a few times a month, he’s getting laid more frequently than his single friends. Married men should be happy that they have a lifelong partner willing to have sex with them instead of having to pick up a new woman at the bar every weekend.
  2. He’ll have a smaller workload. When a man lives alone, he’ll have to take care of the cooking, cleaning, yard work, and everything else that a house entails all on his own. But if he gets married, he’ll have someone else around to help him with the work. Plus, she’ll add the feminine touches that really make a house a home.
  3. He’ll have a new best friend. Don’t you hate when you want to see a movie, but no one is willing to go with you? When a man is in a relationship, he doesn’t have to worry about convincing his friends to come out with him, because he’ll always have a partner willing to see the world with him.
  4. He’ll have new-found motivation. When he finds the woman he wants to marry, he’ll finally have the motivation he needed to become a better person. That means he’ll end up making more friends, doing better at work, and learning to love himself more.
  5. He’ll have someone to open up to. Even though it’s the twenty-first century, some men still feel the need to keep their emotions locked away. They won’t tell their buddies how they’re feeling, but when they find the right woman, they’ll open up to her. It’s healthy to have someone you can talk to openly, which is why a committed relationship can be a lifesaver for any man.
  6. He’ll still have his freedom. Some men act like being married is the same as being thrown in a jail cell. Of course, there’s always the possibility of divorce. If he wants to leave, he can leave. That’s why he should remember that he’s in a monogamous relationship because he chose to be, not because he has to be.
  7. He’ll have fun more often. Sure, he could have fun with a complete stranger when he meets them at an entertaining place, like a concert. But when he’s with someone he really loves, he can have fun shopping for groceries. Even his bland days will feel exciting.
  8. He’ll live a longer life. This might sound too good to be true, but studies have shown that married men tend to live longer than single men. If that’s not a good enough reason to get hitched, then what is?
  9. He’ll be less stressed. When a man is in a healthy relationship, he’ll have someone to look forward to seeing after a long, hard day. He’ll have someone to take care of him when he’s sick. He’ll have someone to help him with his chores when he’s overworked. Marriage is a recipe for less stress.
  10. He’ll be loved. There’s no bigger benefit from monogamy than being loved. If he finds someone he truly cares about that cares about him, too, then why would he stop himself from living a happily ever after?
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.