As we reach peak wedding season, at least for traditional, bride-in-white church weddings, those trying to cope with the self-inflicted stress of these often overly grand productions can take some comfort in the figures published by the Central Statistics Office yesterday.
The findings show that, despite a century of mother-in-law jokes, being married usually means living longer than those who have gone through a divorce or separation. This is hardly rocket science, as anyone who has survived the travails of a divorce or separation will confirm.
Ending a marriage or relationship may be one of the few things even more stressful than organising a wedding — unimaginable as that may seem to some struggling into a hired suit this morning.
The report also shows that being an affluent woman offers the best prospect of a long life. Life expectancy for women is at 85.5 years, compared to 82 years for men.
The data underlines a truth as old as humanity itself. The poorer you are, the shorter your lifespan — the richer, the longer. Money does indeed buy time.