CategoryWhy be married?

Why Be Married? For the Ride


Today was a clear, autumn day in Pennsylvania. Perfect for a new experience. For the first time, I flew in a small, four-seater plane, a Cessna 172. In the pilot’s seat was my husband, now in possession of a pilot’s license after 40-some years of looking up at the sky and wishing. As a child, I had frequented airports and looked up, too, with my parents, who both flew until they had...

Why Be Married? To Cover Your Parents’ Debts


I found this fascinating description of marriage in Bali today, with yet another reason to be married: “For Balinese, a marriage in Bali is not just a union of two individual but also a passing of the baton religious and social responsibilities from father to son. Son inherits everything, wealth, debt, religious and social obligations, family temple, and of course obligation to perform...

Why Be Married? To Become Yourself Fully


Here’s a blog post from a woman engaged for the first time in midlife on her surprising discovery.
It’s different when you have love in your life.
It wasn’t the money I was afraid of losing,
it was the opportunity to become who I really am.
It’s not possible to do that when you are
afraid all the time.

Why Be Married? For the Environment


How green is your marriage? “Divorce breeds environmental degradation,” reports tomorrow’s business section in The Australian.. [A study on household energy use released by the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts in June] found that despite the advent of airconditioners and plasma-screen TVs, the average energy consumption of each Australian household is not...

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Why Be Married? For Good Fortune and Happiness


No one need apply for a divorce in many Chinese cities this Friday (8/8/08). It has nothing to do with the Olympics and everything to do with the number of couples applying for marriage registration on this luckiest of days. Triple eights brings a threefold measure of fortune and happiness in China. What better way to start a marriage?

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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