Why Are You Married?

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There are many reasons to marry. Beware of scope creep.

I need to remind myself sometimes that I married for love, not for a better place to live or help paying the bills or higher status or more sex. I didn’t need or want citizenship in another country. I didn’t want another child. I love having someone cook for me or keep the house clean or think of interesting new things to do and places to eat, but that’s not why I married. I married because my life felt incomplete without someone loving me and someone I could love.

That’s why I married. Of course, your reasons might have been very different. Whatever they were, let’s both keep them in mind when we’re craving whatever someone else’s marriage provides. That craving keeps us from fully enjoying what we came for.

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Patty Newbold

I am a widow who got it right the second time. I have been sharing here since February 14, 2006 what I learned from that experience and from positive psychology, marriage research, and my training as a marriage educator.

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Patty Newbold

I am a widow who got it right the second time. I have been sharing here since February 14, 2006 what I learned from that experience and from positive psychology, marriage research, and my training as a marriage educator.

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