Studies Show Marriage Brings More Long-Term Happiness Than Cohabitation
It turns out that marriage has a distinct benefit that the hookup culture and cohabitation frequently lack. That benefit is happiness.
Citing research from the Journal of Happiness Studies, Susan Pinker writes at The Wall Street Journal that happiness in adults correlates directly with marriage. According to these studies, the effects of marriage on happiness aren‚Äôt a one-time thing either. As Pinker‚Äôs headlines says, ‚ÄúFor long-term happiness, the wedded win the race.‚ÄĚ
Albert Mohler, in his discussion of the WSJ article and the research, notes that these effects are ‚Äúmeasured over a lifetime.‚ÄĚ The studies show that married couples are especially happy in the early years of their marriage. And, although happiness for married couples seems to wane during the middle of the marriage, when kids and careers cause stress, the happiness levels go back up for older adults who have made it out of the...
Pro31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. -- This week Wifey got a Prov 31 coffee mug with verses above & a dozen photos of kids&grandkids etc