Survive Cancer, Bosses and Poorhouses with These 6 Benefits of Marriage That You’ve Never Heard Before

BY: - 8 Jul '16 | Marriage

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Marriage is generally thought of as a way to accomplish some of our hopes and dreams and share those with someone we love.  Marriage is about raising families, growing together and displaying the partnership to the world as we strive to be better together every day.  Those are great components of marriage, but there are many benefits of marriage we have not considered and you may not be familiar with.

Lower Risk of Death

A professor at the University of Louisville analyzed the data from 90 previous studies of over 500 million people.  It compared the risks of those never married to those who have been married.  Single men saw a 32 percent higher risk of early death than married men; single women had a 23 percent higher risk.  The numbers could be tied to poorer health benefits, public assistance, less income and the lack of social support of a spouse.

Additional studies show married people were more likely to detect (and therefore survive) cancer and less likely to die after suffering a heart attack than their single counterparts.

Lower Stress

Married women tend to have less stress on the job, environmental stress, stress with children, financial and relationship stress than formerly married women. Although there remains a level of stress in each of these instances, the support level in the marriage and the stability in the marriage compensates for some of these challenges.

Higher Sexual Satisfaction

Here’s one that could surprise you:  Married couples report greater sexual satisfaction.  Couples in married, monogamous relationships report better, more frequent sex than couples in single or cohabitation relationships. There are several reasons for this, but one of the most important to consider is shared intimacy.  Learning and knowing your spouse and building a level of trust beyond dating opens us to levels of intimacy we don’t have before marriage.


Tax and Wealth Guarantees

According to Turbo Tax, married couples received tax benefits such as estate protection, more tax write-offs and more. Whether the household is supported by two incomes or one, the couple can see more wealth benefits than he or she would as an individual.


There is a notion today that having “made it” increases the chances of marriage.  The concept has been turned on its head.  Marriage increases the opportunity for affluence, not the other way around.  Couples have more opportunities to move out of less desirable neighborhoods and women have higher earning potential than their parents and grandparents did one to two generations ago. Joint earning potential is higher now than it has ever been (because of the opportunities for women), which positions marriages to have more of an opportunity to be affluent.


In 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor, married persons volunteered at a higher rate (29.9 percent) in 2015 than those who had never married (19.9 percent) and those with other marital statuses (20.2 percent).  Marriage often brings about a sense of being able to focus on the bigger picture of life. The selflessness that builds in healthy marriages often spills over into other facets of our lives, and we want to become more and more a part of the solution to the challenges people deal with daily.

Marriage has many great benefits to consider before saying “I do.”  When we find the right person for us, it’s good to know there are so many other benefits we will receive when we walk down the aisle and agree on the two to become one.

BMWK, what other benefits of marriage can you think of?

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Jay Hurt is a Relationship Coach, columnist and author of the book, The 9 Tenets of a Successful Relationship ( ). Jay’s focus is working with people who want to design better relationships and get more out of life!


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From Dating to Death: 37 Helpful Books for Any Stage of Your Relationship

BY: - 8 Jul '16 | Book Club

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By Chandra Sparks Splond

Whether you’re single and your heart’s desire is to be married or you’re grieving the untimely death of a spouse, there’s a book for that. Here are a few to help you wherever you are on your relationship journey.


Dating Books

Boundaries in Dating
Henry Cloud and John Townsend
This road map will help you grow in freedom, honesty and self-control.

Praying for Your Future Husband
Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer
While you’re waiting on “the One,” learn how to pray boldly for your future mate.

What to Do Until Love Finds You
Michelle McKinney Hammond
Godly advice on such issues as handling sexual temptation and releasing expectations.

I Kissed Dating Goodbye: A New Attitude Toward Relationships and Romance
Joshua Harris
This book, which has sold more than 800,000 copies, provides solid, biblical alternatives to society’s norm.

Promises From God for Single Women
T.D. Jakes
Scripture and wisdom help guide those looking for love.

When God Writes Your Love Story
Eric and Leslie Ludy
Discover how beautiful your love story can be when it’s written by the Author of romance.

Waiting and Dating
Myles Munroe
Advice on discerning the right mate and the importance of true friendship in a relationship.

Your Knight in Shining Armor: Discovering Your Lifelong Love
P.B. Wilson

Readers will discover what they need to change to make themselves attractive to godly men.

Engagement Books

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married
Gary D. Chapman
Discover kills to work together as intimate teammates and have the marriage we all long for.

Getting Ready for Marriage Workbook
Jerry D. Hardin and Dianne C. Sloan
Learn the roots of your beliefs about marriage and address potential problems.

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts
Les and Leslie Parrott
Uncover deeper levels of intimacy.

101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged
H. Norman Wright
Soul-searching questions to help discern if you’ve really met “the One.”


Marriage Books

Boundaries in Marriage
Henry Cloud
Apply the 10 laws of boundaries by understanding the betrayals in your marriage.

His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage
Willard F. Harley Jr.
Learn how to become irresistible to each other and how to love more creatively.

Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage
Kevin Leman
This book addresses those with no sexual experience, past sexual problems and even abuse.

How We Love: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage
Milan and Kay Yerkovich
Readers learn to identify and address marital missteps like arguing over the same issues.

Marriage Matters
Tony Evans
Discover steps to developing and maintaining a healthy relationship.

Now You’re Speaking My Language
Gary Chapman
Learn how to develop better intimacy and communication with your spouse.

The 4 Seasons of Marriage
Gary D. Chapman
Whether you’re in winter (dissatisfied) or summer (enjoying life), spot the seasons of marriage.

52 Ways to Connect as a Couple
Jay Payleitner
These fun, creative ideas help you deal with marital obstacles and how to overcome them.

101 Simple Ways to Show Your Husband You Love Him
Kathi Lipp
Let your actions speak louder than your words with ideas from this book.


Separated/Divorced Books

Healing Your Marriage When Trust Is Broken
Cindy Beall
A respected pastor’s wife reveals how to help the family heal after her husband’s affairs.

Mars and Venus Starting Over
John Gray
Gender-specific advice on dealing with pain, finding forgiveness and rebuilding confidence.

Divorce Care: Hope, Help, and Healing During and After Your Divorce
Steve Grissom and Kathy Leonard
This daily devotional helps readers discover divorce can be a powerful catalyst for good.

Finding the Right One After Divorce
Edward M. Tauber and Jim Smoke
Learn the 13 wrong reasons to remarry.

Remarriage Books

Tony Evans Speaks Out on Divorce and Remarriage
Tony Evans
Gain invaluable insight into divorce and remarriage by exploring real-life fears.

Saving Your Second Marriage Before It Starts
Les and Leslie Parrott
Learn to build a solid foundation for lifelong love.

The Heart of Remarriage
Gary Smalley and Greg Smalley
Practical ideas for connecting with your spouse and children.

101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Remarried
H. Norman Wright
Understand where you agree and disagree with your future mate on previous relationship issues.


Widow/Widower Books

Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies
Marta Felber
Sound, practical suggestions on how to navigate difficult days.

Widow To Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas For Rebuilding Your Life
Genevieve Davis Ginsburg
Sage advice, including traveling and eating alone, creating new routines and surviving anniversaries.

Dating a Widower
Abel Keogh
Unique insight into the hearts and minds of widowers.

Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies
Alan D. Wolfelt
Practical tips on how to dispose of a mate’s belongings and redefining roles with family.

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye
Brook Noel and Pamela Blair
This book covers such difficult topics as the first few weeks, suicide, funerals and depression.

Grieving the Loss of Someone You Love
Raymond R. Mitsch and Lynn Brookside
Understand the cycles of grief and sort through the emotions of anger, guilt and fear.

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Single, Married, Separated and Life after Divorce
Myles Munroe
Learn what it really means to be single, married, separated and divorced.

Anthony D. Sparks
Whether you just broke up or you’ve been married for years, ensure you’re treating your heart right.

BMWK, what books have helped you during various seasons of your relationships?

Of all the titles Chandra Sparks Splond has held in her 20-plus-year career, she is most proud to be called a child of God, wife and mom. Splond is a blogger, editor, speaker and award-winning author. Her novels include The Pledge, The Promise and her latest, Make It Work. Splond’s editing clients include several New York Times, USA Today and Essence bestselling authors. Learn more about her at

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