Are the Amish Happier?

A week or so ago, I had an interview with
Stay Happily Married about comparing Amish marriages to non-Amish marriages.

Some things may surprise you:

The Amish have, essentially, a zero divorce rate.

Major depression occurs about one-fifth to one-tenth as often among Old Order Amish individuals as it does among the rest of the United States population.

The Harvard School of Medicine found that Amish people have a much lower rate of heart disease than do average Americans.

There might be a few things we have to learn from these people!

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Crystal Laine Miller says:

    You know, I find it interesting that the heart disease is so low–because so many people tell us that eating like they do (lard, high fat dishes, lots of comfort foods) is bad for us. I think there may be more genetics involved, too.

    My 95-year-old grandmother cooked and ate like probably Amish do and also my 91-year-old mother-in-law.(So did we.)

    Anyway, interesting post! Thanks.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Very interesting information Suzanne. I'm all for a simpler way of life.