Why Marriage Matters

Marriage is one of the most important aspects of our lives. If you are already married, you’ve probably already discovered why it is so important and all of the good that comes from maintaining a healthy marriage. On the other hand, you also may have experienced some of the hardships that coincide with marriage. Either way, marriage is a way for us to grow with our spouses and starts by the recognition that the unity between two is more powerful than anything in the world.

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One reason that marriage is so important is because it brings a sense of oneness to our lives, hence the saying, “when two become one.” A bond of marriage is a bond like nothing else – it gives us someone we can learn with, grow with, and help along life’s crazy journey. Being one means that you are no longer lonely, that you can face challenges together, and that you always have somebody to help you out when you need it most.

In addition, the first stages of marriage are the beginning of some of life’s greatest treasures. Marriage is the beginning of having a family and presents opportunities for use to have children and expand our families. Marriage is also an emotional and spiritual union (not just physical). Being married means you are bonded by more than a ring or a certificate – marriage means feeling each other’s presence when one isn’t there.

Marriage also equates to love, the most powerful feeling of them all. Marriage is a love that will always be there, unconditionally, and brings joy and peace to our lives. When you are going through hard times in your marriage, always remember that it is a love that cannot fade, and think of the joy that both of you bring to the world when you are together.

Throughout your lifetime you will recognize that marriage matters most in life. So always treat your spouse with utmost respect and remind each other that love is the answer to all of life’s questions.

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Tips for a Happy Marriage

marc firestoneMarriage is one of the most exciting and important aspects of our lives as human beings, and maintaining a healthy relationship with your spouse is vital for a happy marriage. Many people wonder what the sole secret is to having a happy marriage, but the truth is that there are a number of elements that make up a healthy marriage, not just one. Here are a few tips to help you maintain a healthy relationship with your spouse so you can both experience love for the long run:

First, make sure you have a financial plan. According to a recent article published by Health.com, “Nearly 40% of married people admit to lying to their spouse about a purchase, according to a 2004 poll, and money woes can quickly send your marriage south. In fact, money is the number-one reason couples fight, and relationships tend to suffer during poor economies,” (9 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Healthy at Any Age). Having a strong financial plan, that details various financial ground rules is a smart move to make even before you officially get married.

Another key factor that plays a large role in a happy marriage is to be flexible as a partner. This means that each spouse should share household duties, especially during transitional employment periods. According to Health.com’s interview with obstetrician and gynecologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and coauthor of Reclaiming Desire, Dr. Goldstein, “‘Everyone has a role within the relationship and as long as there’s a greater good, it’s not a question about whether its his money or her money. It’s their money. Your paycheck and your career are not the value of your worth,’”(9 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Healthy at Any Age).

Next, always stay active, especially as you age. Many American couples tend to stop exercising regularly after they have children, but this can be extremely detrimental to your health. Finding new, innovative ways to stay active as a couple is a great way to strengthen your relationship with your spouse, along with making sure you stay healthy. Sports like golf, tennis, and hiking are ones you can enjoy throughout the years together.

Lastly, always make sure to have your own social lives so you can talk to your friends when issues arise. According to Health.com’s interview with psychologist Dr. Robbins, “‘Many couples live very privately and discuss these issues with the shades down, but relationship issues like this can often benefit from hearing how people that you trust dealt with a similar situation,’” (9 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Healthy at Any Age). So, don’t be afraid to talk it out with a friend when you need to, just make sure you are always respectful of your spouse, because it’s easy to say things you don’t mean when you’re in the heat of the moment.

For more information on how to maintain a happy marriage, please read Health.com’s article here.