The Benefits of Marriage

meaningIn The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God (Dutton, 2011), Timothy Keller, author and pastor of a large church in Manhattan, enumerates some of the documented benefits of marriage. In our modern society where many, especially young adults, are often jaded and cynical about the institution of marriage, it’s good to bring attention to some of the conclusions of much research about marriage and its effects. Read on – you may be surprised:

“Married people experience greater physical and mental health…Studies show that spouses hold one another to greater levels of personal responsibility and self-discipline than friends or other family members can” (24).

“All surveys tells us that the number of married people who say they are ‘very happy’ in their marriages is high – about 61-62 percent – and there has been little decrease in this figure during the last decade” (26).

“During the last two decades, the great preponderance of research evidence shows that people who are married consistently show much higher degrees of satisfaction with their lives than those who are single, divorced, or living with a partner. It also reveals that most people are happy in their marriages, and most of those who are not and who don’t get divorced eventually become happy. Also, children who grow up in married, two-parent families have two to three times more positive life outcomes than those who do not” (26).

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4 comments

  1. yuhmeal

    Per that last quote: Agreed! We talked about that in class yesterday. Research shows that a little over 60% of people say they’re happy that they stayed in the marriage and fought to work it out instead of getting divorced. And that they were genuinely happy in their marriage.

  2. yuhmeal

    Per that last quote: agreed! We were
    talking about that in class yesterday. Research shows that a little over 60% of couples say that they were glad they stayed in the marriage and didn’t get a divorce. And that they were genuinely happy with their spouse.

    • yuhmeal

      Actually, that was the wrong statistic. Correction:

      “In statewide studies, over 90% of those who reported that their marriages had been seriously in trouble at some point, and who stayed in their marriages rather than divorcing, later reported greater satisfaction about their relationship, and that they were glad they were still together” (p.89)

      Balancing Work and Family in the Real World. Victor Harris, Ph.D

      • Javier

        I’m glad you guys were even discussing that in class! There’s a reason that government generally encourages marriage. It’s good for people and society!

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