11 Major Benefits of Marriage

By
Ronald Olusegun Olaiya

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Quite a number of people take marriage and what it can offer for granted. They just could not feel and see the benefits of the institution to the couples, their children and families and the society at large. This explains the reason why we are trying to share in this article the benefits of marriage. This in our view will enable the populace appreciate the value of marriage in the society.
Below we are identifying 11 of such benefits for discussion. It is believed that the discussion will open your eyes to the numerous benefits that are inherent in marriage and why every adult person should strive toward living a married life.
  1. Marriage Enhances Longevity
The nature of marriage is such that as a married person with wife/husband and a family to take care, including children, you weigh your options. You would not want to take undue risk because of your loved ones who may be left off guarded if anything happens to you. You therefore want to take better care of yourself by avoiding undue risks. In the process you end up living a better, longer and healthier life. As a matter of fact as married persons you and your spouse could reduce the risk of mortality three times vis-a-vis your unmarried friends.
  1. Marriage Creates Room for Better care of the Couples
Studies have revealed that couples and their families tend to live better lives than their unmarried counterparts. This is because marriage imposes on each of the couples the responsibilities to care for their spouses and children. In this regard, they refrain from activities that could be harmful to them and ensure better care of their welfare and safety.
  1. It Reduces the Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Marriage drastically reduces the couples’ exposure to STDs. This is because through marriage, couples are assured of regular and stable satisfactory sex life. This is couple with the fact that they are engaging in sexual intercourse with the partners they know pretty well, trust and love. Automatically this reduces the chances of being infected with STDs that could arise from unprotected sex with unfamiliar persons which is common with the unmarried people.
  1. Being Married Enhances the Health Status of the Couples
The regular satisfactory sex is not without its own attendant health benefits. Various scientific findings have confirmed this assertion as well. Great sex supports sense of happiness and satisfaction. This in turn helps to promote better health and wellness. Spouses who enjoy this experience on regular basis tend to enjoy enhanced physical, emotional and mental health than the unmarried persons.
  1. Married Men and Women Are Less Addicted to Alcohol
Most married people do not take or drink alcohol in excess. In fact, there is no basis to be addicted to drinking because they hardly suffer from depression that could make drinking become attractive to them. They are of the view that they can really live a fulfilled and happy life without taking to drinking.
  1. Couples Earn More Income
Married men and women earn more that unmarried men and women out there. It is also a fact that because of their family and the children they also spend more. However, their relatively higher earnings should help to accommodate such higher expenditures. The reasons for these higher earnings vary from one country to another, details of which are not the focus in this writing. But the observations across countries point to the fact that married men and women earn more than the unmarried men and women.
  1. Marriage Creates Better Environment for Child Rearing
Rearing children become relatively easy among couples than it is with single parents. This is because among the couples, responsibilities are easily shared on how to take care of the kids. The unmarried person carries the whole burden all alone which could be so tiring. This makes homes being led by couples better environments for raising children than the ones being led by single parents.
  1. Enhanced Standard of Living
Married couples can afford better quality of life than the unmarried parents. For instance, because of their higher income status, they may be able to afford apartment in choice areas, send their children to better schools, buy better clothes, etc, On the other hand, single parents may find it difficult to meet up with such budget.
  1. It Offers Lifelong Companionship and Friendship
Happy married life kills boredom. This is because it helps to remove the feeling of loneliness that can make life look so miserable. Marriage gives you a lifelong companionship which unmarried man/woman can hardly get. In other words, married men/women have less dull moment than unmarried men/women.
  1. Stronger Emotional and Social Support for the Children
Through marriage the family is created that enables a child to have two parents – the father and the mother. This helps the child to be raised and developed into a balanced, rounded and happy adult. A child here has two adult parents to supervise and monitor his/her growth. They are his/her role models that he/she is looking up to for direction. The opportunity he/she has is two times what his/her friend from single parent has. The adults raised in these two environments cannot be the same emotionally and socially.
  1. Marriage is a Fulfilment of Scripture
Marriage is ordained by the God almighty. It is expected that every child that has grown to adult stage should get married. This is the commandment of God. So getting married is an act of obedience to the commandment of God. Most of the world’s universal religions strongly support marriage. This marriage is expected to deepen the bond between the couples. It is also expected to strengthen the relationship between the married man/woman and God.

10 Major Functions of Marriage

By
Ronald Olusegun Olaiya

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Definitions of Marriage
Marriage is viewed differently by people across the globe based on their peculiar experiences: Find below some the different definitions given by people:
  1. According to Westermarck, “It is a relation of one or more men with one or more women recognized by the law and custom having some rights and duties in case of having children.”
  2. Horton and Hunt says: “It is social system us here by two or more than two persons establish a family.”
  3. Muhammad Niaz sees marriage as this:, “It is a union of husband and wife approved by the following four agencies i.e. Religion, society, morality, law.”
  4. Mack & Young says “Marriage is an institution or a set of norms which determines a particular relation between parents and to their children.”
Major Functions of Marriage
Following are the important functions of marriage.
  1. Procreation
One of the most important functions of marriage is the biological process of conceiving and giving birth to new ones that continue the family tree even after the demise of those who are alive today. Marriage gives the right to the man and woman to have regular and satisfactory sex that will lead to conception and birth of new generations. This is how nature recruits new and young people that old generation will hand over the affairs of the family to when they will be no more.
  1. Sex Regulation
Marriage also helps in regulating unguided sexual behaviours in the society. It permitted sexual intercourse between the man and the woman involved in the marriage only. Sexual behaviour outside this is seen as extra marital affairs or infidelity. This is viewed seriously by the society because it is expected that couple should remain faithful to themselves. Any attempt by any of the couples to have sex outside the wedlock is described as cheating on his/her partner.
  1. Children Socialization
Marriage is not just ensuring that new children are brought to this world; it also ensures that the children are properly brought up and trained to adulthood. This is to ensure that the children become responsible and productive members of the family and the entire society. This process starts from the family where the children will be given basic training that will help them adjust seamlessly with the rest of the society. Parts of the things they will be taught here are how to communicate, food and how to cook, maintain good sanitation and hygiene, etc
  1. Provide Legal Parents to Children
In the face of growing legal awareness in different areas of human endeavour, it is best thing to ensure that all our activities are legally perfected. This is what marriage is doing by providing legal parents to the children from each marriage. Thus it can no longer be said that nobody knows his/her parents. This has serious implication for inheritance.
  1. Give Economic Security to Women
Married women who are married to men that have verifiable means of income are lucky even if they themselves have not secured jobs of their own. They automatically become part owners of whatever their husbands are earning. This therefore upgrades their economic status. This economic empowerment obviously has put them in vantage positions. This is not the case with unmarried women.
  1. Provide Social Security to Partners
In addition to all that we have said earlier, it is important to note that marriage is another form of social security.  With marriage, all the earnings that are coming to both partners are directly or indirectly owned by the two of them. This means that the economic and social capacity of the partners are enlarged and strengthened. It also means that their earning capacity is relatively secured because if the earning or income of one of the partners is adversely affected due to loss of job or bad business climate, the other partner will still be earning to support the family while his/her partner is working toward restoring his/her earning capacity. Apart from the above, in case any of the partners dies, the other partner is qualified as next of kin to claim his/her entitlement to support the family he/she left behind.
  1. Increases Availably Manpower
There is increase in the available manpower through numerous births made possible courtesy of marriage. This will make it easy for the society or nation concerned to effectively man various sectors of the economy. Where this can be supported with effective and efficient training programmes, this can shoot up the economic growth and development of the nation. But the capacity of such large population to add up to the productivity of the society will be abysmally low if the available manpower is not well trained.
  1. Establishes Joint Fund
Marriage makes it possible for the partners to establish a joint fund or account to build up fund for their future family needs. This may be through joint investments in the money market, stocks, treasury bills, life insurance, to mention just a few. This helps in giving hopes to their children and the partners themselves.
  1. Fulfilment of Basic Needs
Basic needs of life can be very difficult to meet sometimes. Meeting the requirements of housing, clothing, feeding, medical care, etc is not by any way easy. This is especially more so for unmarried parents whose resources may not be sufficient to meet these needs. On the other hand, married men and women may be able to get this done when they work as a team and pool their resources together for the same reason. 
  1. Perpetuation of The Lineage
Through marriage, new ones are born into the family that will continue the lineage into which they were born. They will take over from the older members as they are dying leaving the stage for them.