The current divorce rate is roughly ____. How many of you quickly filled in the blank with 50%? Would it surprise you to know that statistic is WRONG. As in W-A-Y wrong. What if I had some good news about marriage — like roughly 80% of you are HAPPY in your marriage, or your chance if divorce is closer to 20%? Seriously!
Imagine the difference to our collective consciousness if we say “Most marriages last a lifetime” rather than “Half of marriages end in divorce.”
My Marriage REALLY has a chance? Divorce doesn’t have to be in my future?
I know some of you are looking at the ridiculous level of stress your marriage is currently under and wondering if this could possibly be true.
The Ops Tempo in the military is not getting better with all the budget cuts and deployments. Family illnesses and other stressors pull on all of us from multiple directions. I get it.
Some of you may be feeling your marriage is only so-so and wondering if things will ever get better. After all, doesn’t nature show us that things tend to slow down and fall apart?
But, what if this was the truth:
- Around 80% of marriages are happy, as in both spouses individually say they are happy at least most of the time.
- Around 95% of people are glad they married their spouse and would do so again.
- If those who are currently not happy will stick it out, in less than five years, most will again find themselves happy to be together.
Believe these statements. Because they are the truth about the state of American marriages and Shaunti has the data to back it up. She shares what she learned (and how she learned it) in her book The Good News About Marriage.
You want to know what else is true?
How about the fact that regular church attendance drops the rate of divorce drastically, particularly if the couples share their faith and their church.
Or the fact that the divorce rate for second marriages isn’t much higher than the rate for first marriages.
Shaunti Feldhahn and Tally Whitehead not only debunk the discouraging myths about marriage that we’ve all been fed, but they offer great encouragement for the days ahead.
Find freedom in believing your marriage can last a lifetime. Because not only is that possible, it’s highly probable!
About the Author
Shaunti received her graduate degree from Harvard University and was an analyst on Wall Street before unexpectedly becoming a social researcher and best-selling author. Today, she applies her analytical skills to investigating eye-opening, life-changing truths about relationships, both at home and in the workplace.
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