Recently, however, a wave of research from think tanks on the right and left, as well as scholars in social sciences like economics and sociology, has made a forceful new defense of the venerable institution.
2. Love at First Sight Is Real, If You Believe, Wall Street Journal
Romantic love’s intense desire for connection with the other person typically lasts 18 months to three years, experts say. Its evolutionary purpose is to help people pick one partner and bond in order to raise a child.
3. What I Learned About Love During My Years of Reporting on Weddings, The Washington Post
For 10 minutes each day, couples should “talk about something other than work, family, who does what around the house or your relationship.” . . . Anything that allows you to stop and connect and not just feel like business partners trying to make your way through a packed agenda.
4. Marriage Rates Keep Falling, as Money Concerns Rise, The New York Times
Though marriage was once a steppingstone to economic stability, young adults now see financial stability as a prerequisite for marriage. More than a quarter of those who say they want to marry someday say they haven’t yet because they are not financially prepared, according to Pew.
5. What Divorce Does to Women’s Heart Health, TIME
Women who divorced at least once were 24% more likely to experience a heart attack compared to women who remained married, and those divorcing two or more times saw their risk jump to 77%.
6. Sex, Race, Education and the Marriage Gap, Newsweek
There is a growing “marriage gap” in the United States. Marriage rates among the non-college-educated population have fallen sharply in the last few decades, and sharpest of all in the black population.
7. The Scientific Way Divorce Breaks Your Heart, Deseret News
"Marriage counseling is focused largely on younger couples. . . But these results show that marital quality is just as important at older ages, even when the couple has been married 40 to 50 years."
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