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Why Be Married? For the Respect

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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

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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...

Why Be Married? For Double the Windfall

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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...

Why Be Married? For Another Pair of Eyes

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One of my greatest pleasures in life comes from finding solutions by looking at problems from odd angles. Sometimes, though, I get stuck. This is when I find the fact that my husband and I see so many things so differently a real blessing. Whenever I need, I can borrow his eyes. Doing so usually entails a sharp stab of pain as I realize how wrong my starting perspective looks to him. I feel so...

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Why Be Married? For the Creativity Boost

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Today is the fifth anniversary for a couple of great friends of mine. They are two of the most creative people I know. Each of them provides a boost to the other’s creative efforts. He is Matthew Cornell, a photo-realistic painter with a thing for stormy weather. He won first place in painting at the Saint Louis Art Fair in Clayton, MO, this year. That’s a big deal prize, in case...

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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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