Religious People Have Stronger Marriages
(Canonsburg, PA)—Over the years, studies have consistently shown that religious married couples are happier than their secular counterparts.
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin found that couples who acknowledged a divine purpose in their marriage were more likely to collaborate, have greater marital adjustment and perceive more benefits from marriage and were less likely to use aggression or come to a stalemate in their disagreements.
“I’ve been married for more than twenty five years, so I know just how hard it is to make a marriage work,” says David Beato, a devout Christian and author of the new memoir “The Power of Prayer, Endurance and Truth.” “I believe that my faith saved my marriage and made it stronger and more stable"
Mr. Beato’s book describes how religion shaped not only his marriage but his entire life, from his difficult childhood in Italy during World War II to his struggle to make it as a successful businessman in America. Along the way, Mr. Beato faced many monumental tests of faith, including the death of his beloved son, professional setbacks and deceptive family members who tried to ruin him.
Many sociological studies show that religious practice is related to the stability and quality of marriage. According to sociologist Brad Wilcox from the University of Virginia, religious people have happier and longer-lasting marriages because they have:
* Higher average levels of commitment to their partners
* Higher levels of marital satisfaction
* Less thinking and talking about divorce
* Lower levels of negative interaction
“The fundamental tenets at the heart of most religions bring meaning to life, which is crucial to any interpersonal relationship,“ says Mr. Beato. ”Purpose, trust, surrender, forgiveness, sharing, fidelity, selflessness, commitment, transparency, belief, optimism, communication—these are the keys to a happy, healthy and successful marriage.”
David Beato is a real estate developer in southwestern Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife. He has one son and two daughters who are all college educated and married, and his greatest joy is spending time with his children and grandchildren.
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