Benefits of Marriage Week

When there is love in a marriage, there is harmony in the home; when there is harmony in the home, there is contentment in the community; when there is contentment in the community, there is prosperity in the nation; when there is prosperity in the nation, there is peace in the world. – Chinese proverb

-    Greater wealth
-    Greater health
-    Longevity
-    Happiness
-    Celebration of what God has given to us
-    Create a tight-knit community with commitment towards marriage upliftment
-    Create a buzz around SA – positivity around marriages
-    When following the programmes, you actively spend time together and invest in your marriage

Happy marriages has several benefits, including a longer life, more social capital and better health
During Marriage Week married couples countrywide will celebrate marriage as an institution. Couples will be encouraged to focus on their marital relationship and to confront the obstacles in their marriage.

“People often think a marital relationship is private and that it only affects the two people who are part of it, but the truth is that it spreads much wider than only the married couple. It provides, amongst others, the optimal breeding ground in which healthy children can be raised,” says Liezel van der Merwe, managing editor of INTIEM magazine.

It is a well-known fact that married men and women are happier and live longer than single people. Married men also benefit much more regarding physical health benefits and financial benefits from marriage than single men. They earn on average 20% more than their unmarried peers with the same training and work history. Married women are also economically in a much better position than unmarried or divorced women, and their chances are one third less to experience poverty than women who have never been married.

Children who are raised by their biological, married parents are also less likely to experience poverty and are more likely to finish their school careers and tertiary education. They are less likely to experience serious emotional diseases, depression and suicide, and are more likely to maintain a healthy attitude towards marriage. The sons of married, biological parents are also less likely to commit criminal behaviour than those who grow up in households with single parents.

Married women are less likely to be the victims of violent crimes, and married women reported higher levels of physical and psychological health. They also experience less tension on several levels and are, just like married men, less depressed and have a lower tendency towards alcohol addiction. However, the biggest benefit of marriage is probably the fact that the life risk of unmarried people is twice as high as that of people who get married.

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