Here are some of the myths and realities about the relationship between marriage and success, courtesy of Career Builder .com--First some myths: It's not true that the most successful women are usually single. There are slightly more highly-educated professional women who are single, but the gap is shrinking quickly. Economist Elaina Rose says it's because of a shift in the marriage model husbands and wives are now considered equals, and it's fine for a woman to go out and be the bread-winner if both parties agree to it.
Another myth: Single people take better care of themselves--It's not true that married folks "let themselves go". In fact, studies show that married people are less likely to engage in risky behavior like drug and alcohol abuse. And maybe - thanks to wives' so-called nagging - married men are more likely to monitor their blood pressure, cholesterol and weight than single guys.
Now here are some realities about marriage and success: It's true that married men and women get paid more--Married men tend to hold higher positions and get promoted more often than single men. And married women earn up to 10% more than their single peers.
It's also true that married people have better mental health. They're happier than any other group, and report lower levels of depression. 40% say they're "very happy" with their lives, compared to only 25% of single people. And one more reality about marriage and success: Married people live longer. Nine out of 10 married men and women live to be 65. But only 7 of 10 single men and women do.
The bottom line? Experts say most of the time, marriage makes you happier and more successful. That means that career-driven women no longer have to choose between a profession and a happy marriage. They can have both.