What makes marriage work?

Posted on February 12, 2009


What keeps your marriage healthy and thriving?  The last 40 days the couples at Highview have been engaging in a very productive challenge called the “Love Dare.”  The book is full of dozens of practical ways that husbands and wives can be more intentional about investing in their marriage despite the daily distractions and pressures that contend for our affections.  A little maintenance goes a long way, or so I am discovering after nearly 5 years of marriage.

The Pew Research Center surveyed married adults and asked them to rank nine items typically associated with successful marriages.  The survey, first conducted in 1990, was given again in 2007 and the comparisons of perceptions were quite interesting.   The top three factors were: 1) faithfulness, 2) happy sexual relationship, and 3) sharing household chores.  Interestingly enough, shared religious beliefs ranked sixth at 49% – that seemed low to me.


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