162 Reasons to Marry

162 Reasons to Marry

Just in time to celebrate National Marriage Week, Patrick Fagan of Family Research Council offers “162 Reasons to Marry.”  National Marriage week began on Feb. 7 and ends, predictably, on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14).  Fagan’s report gives a run-down of some of the more commonly known advantages of marriage, but it mentions a few that you’ve probably never heard before.  Take a look at some of them; they’re listed below.

The report is well-documented and broken out by categories such as:  physical and mental health, parenting, sexual satisfaction, poverty, longevity, financial benefits, etc.  It is compact and easy to read.  You’ll want to keep this as a list for future reference.  Become an ambassador for marriage!

  • The longer a person’s marriage, the lower is their mortality risk.
  • Married persons’ responses to cancer treatment are better and are comparable to those of people 10 years younger.
  • Married men and women report the most sexual pleasure and fulfillment.
  • Men’s productivity increases by 27 percent as a result of marrying.
  • Men raised in married families have more open, affectionate, and cooperative relationships with the women to whom they are attracted than do those from divorced families.
  • The marriage premium produces an annual income increase of approximately .9 percent.
  • Five percent of children from married families receive public assistance, compared to 25 percent of children from cohabiting families.
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