CategoryWhy be married?

Why Be Married? For the Intimacy


We have a guest post today from Sue Wiygul Martin, author of Sue’s Blog: The story of a suicide survivor and the rebuilding of a life. Sue is a great writer, and her true story is a great read for us. For her, though, writing it is a journey back through some very emotional events. Sue’s guest post is an email she sent me this morning, relishing one of the true joys of marriage. I...

Why Be Married? For the Respect


I just noticed that it’s been more than a month since I added to my Why Be Married series. There are so many great reasons. Today, one that’s close to my heart, as my first husband died without warning at the very young age of 35. Respect is a very good reason to be married to the person you love: The respect you receive as a husband or wife if your mate is in a car accident, a fall...

Why Be Married? To Fly Higher than the Stars


So many of the folks who have figured out the secret to fame and fortune cannot figure out how to stay married. Olivia Wilde eloped with her Italian prince at age 19, but she was divorced in 2011 after just eight years together. Elizabeth Hurley’s second marriage, to Arun Nayar, also ended in 2011. It lasted only four years. Fred Armisen and Elisabeth Moss lasted only 16 months. They were...

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Why Be Married? For Double the Windfall


The Los Angeles Times reports Vanessa Bryant is likely to gain a “windfall” in her divorce from Kobe Bryant. It could be $75 million in assets plus a hefty monthly living allowance. Indeed, she is likely to leave the marriage with a whole lot more wealth than she would be likely to have if she had remained unmarried. They live in a community property state and have been married for...

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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