Marriage is a holy sacrament and different people walk into this conjugal bond for different reasons. And why wouldn’t they? Everyone weaves a novel dream of finding a lasting love. While today’s generation is looked upon as stigmatic to the fear of commitments, as the pursuit of a ‘no strings attached’ relationship has become widely popular, a preponderance of people do get married, some last a few days and some an entire lifetime. Maybe it is because we all want different things from a marriage and some of us know better how to respect the differences. But what are these different things? Why do people get married, after all? Every situation is different but there are a few popular reasons. Read on to find out the top 10 reasons people get married.
10. Improves your lifestyle:
Figures from international surveys are a proof that married people not only live longer but healthier than singletons. Married couples have a lower risk of heart attacks, strokes, cancer and even pneumonia. But why does this actually happen? Marriage is no magic trick that will give you extra ‘powers’ against bachelors. It is just the fact that people adapt better habits, a better immune system and you have a person constantly nagging for you to eat healthy and go to the doctor for a periodic check-up.
09. Better for your economy:
Now this is not a breaking news that marriage increases your earning power. Men may stereotype women as ‘shopaholics’ and ‘pampered’ but the occasional gifts and candle light dinners are diminutive in front of the extra income that comes to your household. Being married means sharing the expenses and responsibilities. So, if marriage will affect your bills in any way, it’s only going to be good for you.
08. Keeps you from being alone at old age:
Old people eating alone in a restaurant is one of the saddest things we come across in daily life. And why on earth would you want that for yourself? It is such a blessing to walk through life with someone holding your hand in all the difficult and happy times. You might be able to impress dozens of girls or guys in your twenty-somethings, but who would wanna hook up with an eighty year old wrinkled fella? Well, no one unless you’re some billionaire. Remember, marriage is an investment for your future.
07. Tax breaks!
Do you have any idea how much you can save in taxes if you’re married? A lot! Marriage can help reduce tax burden if you file jointly. Depending upon your income, you can save yourselves from a lot of ‘penalties’. If you or your partner has a lower income, it might pull the other one in the lower region, reducing the overall taxes. There are many other policies that help bring down the hard earned money going around as tax.
06. Someone to depend on:
Marriage is an ultimate level of commitment and once you’re hitched you feel and act like a team. I mean, how can you not? You are family now! However tough time may get and whatever happens, you know that you have your one best friend, your other half to take care of you. And is there a feeling more placid than this? Marriage gives you the benefits of a friendship and thrills of a one night stand, kind of the best deal isn’t it?
05. To have children:
I know, I know, you don’t have to be married to have children but we’re talking within the standard rules of society so let’s talk in a generic manner, shall we? Marriage gives you a platform to build your bloodline on. The simple joy of being called ‘mamma’ or ‘daddy’ is enough to surpass any of your life’s success. Oh don’t lie to yourself now! Don’t you know the amount of time you spend on youtube awing at little toddlers doing cute stuff and just being adorable! Now imagine being able to create your own little bundle of happiness. Isn’t it such a blessing?
04. Social Pressure:
“Your daughter has graduated, why aren’t you marrying her already?” Yup, Social pressure! People get married because society thinks they should. Once you reach a ‘marriageable age’, everyone keeps fixating on the “when are you tying the knot” question. Society really creates a hell lot of pressure on parents, burdened by which they start persuading their children to get married. And how many times can you tell your mother ‘no’, after all?
03. Fear of staying single:
People start stressing about staying single for the rest of their lives, growing old alone and dying a sad, lonesome person. Also, the grass looks greener on the other side. They start thinking that marriage will keep them relaxed and grounded. Again, having someone to support you through life’s stressful situations, be it from work, ageing parents or a medical condition is always better, right?
02. Great sex:
Marriage means more and better sex! Believe in all that you want to, but statistics do not lie. A study suggests that 23% of bachelors go a year without having sex, whereas only 1% of people in wed-lock go dry for a whole year. Sex is meant to be intimate physically, as well as emotionally. Once you are married, a sense of security and love grows making sex more intimate and pleasurable. Couples may not start out great, but once the bonding strengthens, sex gets much better. I’m not implying that your soul reason to get married should be ‘more and better sex’, of course not! But if you think marriage will slowly kill your sex-drive and nights will be lonesome, it is actually quite the opposite.
01. Meaning to life:
No matter how much you achieve in life and how big your pay checks are, in the end everything boils down to just one thing, ‘contentment’. Just the thought of being so important in someone’s life can give you the strength and determination to become a better person and pursue your goals and ambitions. Marriage in a nutshell, gives meaning to your life. Like a job, it holds responsibility. Sure you have to take care of the household, your children and a lot of other things, but it gives you so much satisfaction and meaning to your existence.
Marriages are happy! Be it social pressure or the fear of staying single, whatever drives people to this lane, it generally ends with a good note. So, think about it one more time, do you really want to spend the rest of your life alone? The perks of being married overshadow all the constraints it binds us into. After all, it is a boon, not a damper!