MORE THAN YOUR MARRIAGE
Reaching Out to Other Coupleskjk paltalk
Marriages don’t exist in a social vacuum. Each couple’s relationship is influenced by their family and friends, their religious community, the broader culture, and many other things. In other words, marriage is not just a private relationship; it is strongly connected to people and institutions in our communities and our society. Despite this, our day-to-day actions don’t usually recognize the public nature of marriage. Think for a moment of how common it is to ask friends or work colleagues about their health or how their kids are doing. Now, ask yourself: When was the last time you asked a family member or friend how his or her marriage was going? You might even think that such a question would be inappropriate or intrusive. The fact is that most of us are far more familiar with our friends’ and loved ones’ birthdays than we are with their wedding anniversaries. Despite how important marriage is to our own lives, to our loved ones, and to the health of our communities and society, generally we think of marriage as only a private and personal thing. Instead, it is one of the most important parts of healthy communities and societies, and it should be a valuable way we connect with other people.
This is just a start of some of the things you could do to strengthen marriages in your little corners of the world. With a little thought, you could add many more items to the list. And when your communities place more value on strong marriages, you will find it easier to keep your own marriage strong.