There are a lot of perks that come with being in a relationship. For starters, you have someone to watch your favorite movies with (rom-coms make so much more sense now). You can now also bring a legit plus one to friends’ weddings and birthday parties (no more feeling sorry for yourself when you see your ex arrive with a girl in tow). Oh, and then there’s that other matter of having someone to love and love you back.

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These benefits are all well and good, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Your relationship has other surprising benefits in store for you! Check some of them out below:

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1. First comes marriage
Christine Proulx, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, discovered that married couples consider themselves to be healthier than those who haven’t walked down the aisle. They may also be less likely to develop chronic diseases. Not that we’re pressuring you to tie the knot so early, but hey, it’s good to know what’s waiting for you on the other side.

2. Sweet disposition
Researchers from Florida State University conducted a study on couples and discovered that they exhibited fewer mental health problems than single men and women. They were also less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Just as long as our dear men don't do anything to earn our wrath, of course.

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3. De-stressing darling
According to researchers from the University of Chicago, being in a long-term relationship may lower the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Apparently, singles are more responsive to psychological stress than those who are either married or in serious commitments. For career women like us, this just might be the best incentive of being in a relationship! In that case, we'd be willing to take time off from our busy schedule to actually meet candidates.

(Screencap from Stuck in Love courtesy of Millenium Entertainment)

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