Men: it’s time to finally start looking for brains over beauty. When it comes to living longer, most of us tend to focus on eating well, exercising, and eating right.
Getting older is no picnic. Fortunately, choosing the right mate can help you enjoy your golden years.
This seems obvious, but a happy marriage does more than just provide companionship for a lifetime. It turns out there are health benefits associated not only with having a spouse to grow old with, but with choosing the right partner.
And the science says that the right partner for a man is a smart woman.
Intelligence and Alzheimer’s Prevention
According to Lawrence Whalley, Prof. of mental health in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, if a man wants to live a longer life, he should marry a smart woman. It can extend their life and reduce their risk of dementia.
In a 2016 talk called “Dementia: How Can We Protect Ourselves?”, Whalley listed several activities that researchers believe help keep the brain active and stave off dementia, including reading, exploring museums and solving puzzles. But it’s his comments on relationships that made the biggest splash with the news media.
“The thing a boy is never told he needs to do if he wants to live a longer life – but what he should do – is marry an intelligent woman. There is no better buffer (to dementia) than intelligence.”
Recent research has shown that men married to smart women live longer. The researchers at the University of Aberdeen analyzed the health of identical twins and concluded that having a smart wife could help decrease the likelihood of developing various degenerative diseases.
In other words, men that choose to marry intelligent women live longer as well as happier lives. What’s more, these men are also at a lower risk of developing multiple forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Previous studies have showed that intellectually challenging games like crossword puzzles could help protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia by stimulating the brain. Therefore, it’d make sense that a woman that engages as well as challenges the mental faculties of her husband could benefit him in the same way.
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