Marriage Outline

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If you are currently married, divorced once or ten times, a career bachelor, or just contemplating marriage, this article might be of interest to you.

What is marriage? Marriage is the following:

The institution that legally, spiritually and culturally binds and recognizes man and woman as partners. The most valued and beautiful of all human relationships and a fundamental social institution which is central to the nurture and raising of children. It is the ‘social glue’ that reliably attaches fathers to children. It contributes to the physical, emotional and economic health of men, women and children. A strong commitment to marriage is therefore fundamental to the health and stability of any home, community or nation. What do Americans think about marriage? Studies indicate that having a happy marriage is one of the most important desires of Americans. However, more and more Americans are becoming less likely to marry or remain married. About 50% of American marriages end in divorce for multiple reasons, and some as vague as “irreconcilable differences”.

What are some general benefits of marriage? Health and family science researchers cite the following as benefits of marriage:

Marriage tends to improve the way people think about themselves, their spouse, others, and the future. Husbands and wives are more likely to do unselfish things for each other and for their families than they would do if unmarried. Individuals who are married are more responsible to their communities and the nation. Individuals committed to one another in marriage can come home and find a place to understand each other deeply and redefine ways to fulfill their roles to themselves, their community and nation. What are physical health benefits of Marriage:

Married people across cultures have better health than unmarried people. Married individuals have lower rates of alcoholism than their unmarried counterparts because they tend to offer encouragement, support,...
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