Marriage has a chance after all
I know of people who have refused to commit to the women they love for fear of divorce. Look at celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry. Much as they are in loving and committed relationships, after enough failed marriages, they have refused to walk down the aisle one more time. Don’t even get me started on the countless marriage scandals of our leaders and celebrities. Then we have reality TV shows like “Cheaters” showing us just how the institution of marriage is sacred no more. Aren’t you sick of hearing about this mess?
Looking into the 50s, marriage was intact – happily married couples were allover. Well, we have reached the end of our divorce tunnel and I see light. The number of first marriages that reach their 10th anniversaries has jumped from 65% to 80%. And according to Jay Livingston of Montclair State University, "The divorce rate has been declining for about the last 30 years." Apparently its at its lowest since 1970.
Much as cheating is a major threat to the institution of marriage; half of the marriages affected by this survive.
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In an email interview, Betsey Stevenson, an assistant professor of economics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania says that half of marriages do not end in divorce and that today’s generation is determined to keep their marriages “as healthy as their hearts.”
Only those who married in the 70s might have reached the 50% divorce rate mark. Since then, marriage has had a better chance of survival and we don’t know this because of the negative headlines that continue to dominate the institution of marriage. And such scandals – especially those involving high profile individuals – hurt many young people’s view of marriage, making it less appealing.
You and I both know that a happy marriage contributes to a happier and healthier you. So why not ignore these divorce stories and strive towards keeping your marriage as healthy as your heart? Do it right the first time … make it last … its in your vows.
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