Marriage Benefits Us All


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    2. 2. “We will have to adopt the view that personal happiness depends on high-trust and lasting relationships and that such relationships require constraints on short-term adult interests in order to foster long-term commitments to children, and thus to the future.” BARBARA DAFOE WHITEHEAD The State of our Unions 2007
    3. 3. Did you know? • 90% of Americans will marry at some point in their lives. • Approximately 50% of those unions will dissolve at some point. • Annually, there are about 2.3 million marriages and about 1.2 million divorces (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2003). • Couples wait 6 years too late to get any help for their relationship
    4. 4. Did you know? Especially in today’s uncertain times, there are benefits to being married. Based on a wealth of academic and private research, married people tend to be healthier overall and live longer, have more satisfying sexual relationships, have more economic assets, and have children that tend to do better academically and emotionally.
    5. 5. The bottom line of breakup Employees in failing relationships cost employers money. Lots of money as a result of substantial productivity declines, serious health issues, increased stress and anxiety, higher rates of depression and increased rates of substance abuse. Companies experience higher healthcare expenditures, increased absenteeism, and also suffer indirectly because of the societal effects of broken families.
    6. 6. Relational Wellness Relationships are no longer exclusively the business of pastors, counselors and Employee Assistance Programs. Companies desiring to increase their profitability will do well to realize that business takes place in the family room as well as the board room It is in every company’s best financial interest to understand how marriage and family wellness affect their business and to invest in the promotion of relational wellness.
    7. 7. Partnership Businesses and marriages have similar goals. They both seek to create positive relationships that will make their partners happy. They both typically use a team approach that involves working toward common goals. In spite of their commonalities and their mutual impact on each other, businesses do not always recognize the value of marriage or invest in the marital health of their employees.
    8. 8. Risky Business Every year there are about 2.3 million marriages and about 1.2 million divorces (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2003). About half of all marriages occur between couples where one or both have been married before. Because almost 50% of marriages will end in divorce, marriage is often seen as a risky decision. Most divorces involve children and more than 1 million children are impacted by their parents’ divorce each year.
    9. 9. Generational Benefits According to research by Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher, (The Case for Marriage, 2001) married people tend to be healthier, live longer, have more wealth and economic assets, and have more satisfying sexual relationships than single or cohabiting individuals. In addition, children generally do better emotionally and academically when they are raised in two-parent families.
    10. 10. ROI that lasts Employees in successful relationships increase profits for their employers. These workers are more stable, more committed to their employer, and are often considered more dependable and motivated. Employees in healthy relationships are also physically healthier, experiencing fewer chronic health problems like stress, anxiety, and depression, saving companies money in overall health care expenditures. Some research suggests a return on investment of $1.50 to almost $7.00 on every dollar spent on relational and physical wellness programs.
    11. 11. References • Turvey, M. D. & Olson, D. H. (2006). Marriage & Family Wellness: Corporate America’s Business? Retreived on April 14, 2009 • The National Marriage Project. Rutgers, The State Univeristy of New Jersey. (2007). The State of our Unions. Retreived on April 14, 2009. http:// • Waite, L., & Gallagher M. (2000). The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better O Financially. Doubleday books: New York.