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10 Reasons Why Thankfulness is Good for Your Marriage

Here in the US one of our favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. It's a time for family gatherings filled with traditions, some overindulgence of great food, and a time of reflection for the many blessings we have to be thankful for.


Unfortunately for far too many of us we can easily overlook the part of reflection and thankfulness. We allow Thanksgiving and the Christmas season become a time of crazy busyness and rush. And we forget how valuable it is to take time out for giving thanks. And definitely if our life is in a bad season we often lose sight of what we have to be thankful for.

So even if it is not Thanksgiving in your part of the world. Or if you're reading this long after the Holidays are past, I want to share a few thoughts on why I believe having a thankful heart is good for you and your marriage. It doesn't matter if your marriage is a bad place right now, I still believe you and your marriage can benefit from being thankful.

So I come up with 10 reasons thankfulness is good for your marriage. I know there are many more, but this is what I have for now.

1) Thankfulness is an optimistic state of mind. When you look for reasons to be thankful, you are choosing to see the glass half full. You are choosing to overlook the negative because you want to see the positive. Thankfulness makes a way to keep your hope alive no matter what the circumstances look like.

2) Thankfulness creates an atmosphere for positive change. When you have a thankful heart it also comes with patience and grace. And any time you have patience and grace you give yourself and your spouse room to breath and opportunity to grow into better people.

3) Thankfulness is attractive. When you see someone with a thankful heart it is compelling. It makes it easy to be near that person. In contrast when you see someone who is ungrateful there is a kind of bitterness about them that makes you want to go the other way.

4) Thankfulness keeps your life in balance. Life seems to always bring all sorts of challenges our way. When we are not careful we can stay so focused on overcoming our challenges and just as soon as we conquer one thing we are eager to move on to the next, all the while forgetting to stop and smell the roses along the way. Life is too short to not enjoy the journey. Thankfulness has a way of slowing us down so we can enjoy life with the people who matter most to us.

5) Thankfulness is good for you. Your physical, mental, and spiritual health will reap the benefits from a thankful heart. With a thankful heart you will see better results from all your efforts which will in return reduce stress in your life. And with less stress you will be a healthier person.

6) Thankfulness is God's way. As Christians we know that keeping God at the center of our marriages is a vital part of a successful marriage. But you cannot keep God at the center of your marriage if your heart is not thankful. If you take your relationship with the Lord serious then you know He wants you to be thankful.

7) Thankfulness improves communication. You and your spouse will have much better communication if you both express gratitude and appreciation toward one another. This is way more than just being polite and having good manners. It's like I said about attractiveness. Thankfulness will make you want to come closer and to know each other better, which is what real communications does for you.

8) Thankfulness makes for closer friendship. The bond that you want to have with your spouse that carries you through your entire lives will not come if you're not thankful for each other and this life you have together. Real friendship cannot exist unless you have mutual value for each other. And how can you value someone unless you're thankful for them.

9) Thankfulness improves your sex life. You can have the best sex life possible when you and your spouse put no pressure on each other. When you're thankful for the spouse you have and the sex life you have you make fewer demands and your expectations are much more realistic. And with fewer demands and fewer unrealistic expectations on your sex life you will both find it more enjoyable and most likely with more frequency.

10) Thankfulness sets the best example. Raising children can be one of the best things and one of the most stressful things that can take place in a marriage. While there is way too much to be said about raising children and the impact it has on marriage, I do want to mention this one thing. If you want the joy of seeing your children express thankfulness then there must be good examples set for them to mimic.

I realize this post is not the typical post I write. And maybe it seems a bit too light and simplistic, because I'm not dealing with the deeper issues I usually deal with. But I would encourage you to not overlook this important way of living life. I know the bible has lots to say about being thankful and for me if it's important to God then it ought to be important to us.

God bless! And Happy Thanksgiving!

Please share with us in the comments if you have something to add. We'd love to hear from you. 


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Fwd: E-News week of 11/9/15

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In This Issue
Myth: the young have turned their backs on marriage
"Ready for the marriage apocalypse?" challenges CNN. "Young couples shun marriage over divorce fears," booms the Telegraph. Headlines like these give the impression that marriage has all but died among millennials - but this isn't the whole picture.  Read More
Disposable Dads and the Myth of the Modern Family
"Sexting is the new flirting" as teens turn to secretive apps 
For 16-year-old Jake Shornick, 17-year-old Sophia Harris and 13-year-old Evan Conway, sexting has become part of growing up in modern day America."It makes it harder to say no because it's like, 'Oh why not, just send a pic.'  Read More
U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious
Is the American public becoming less religious? Yes, at least by some key measures of what it means to be a religious person. An extensive new survey of more than 35,000 U.S. adults finds that the percentages who say they believe in God,  Read More 
Stereotypes About Teens Can Undermine Parents' Confidence
Parents, don't let your views of adolescence get you down.  Stereotypes about adolescents can make moms and dads feel less confident about their parenting skills right at a time kids need their parents to be present in their lives.  Read More
Raising Kids and Running a Household: How Working Parents Share the Load
Family life is changing, and so, too, is the role mothers and fathers play at work and at home. Read More
The Secret to Danish Happiness
For over 40 years in a row, Denmark has been voted as one of the happiest countries in the world. During this month's Democratic primary debate, candidate Bernie Sanders said, "We should look to countries like Denmark" if we wanted the US to become a happier place-a comment that triggered fierce debate about Denmark's public policies.
As the Family Goes, So Too Does the American Dream
October was a rough month for progressives, like sociologist Philip Cohen, who seek to minimize or deny the importance of family structure. New studies highlighting the connection between strong families and child well-being, as well as economic growth, were spotlighted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. And then, on Halloween, an anonymous blogger took apart Cohen's critique of Harvard economist Raj Chetty's important findings on family structure and economic mobility.  Read More
Tribute to Judge James Sheridan
Judge James Sheridan passed away this morning at his home in Adrian, Michigan. 
The field of marriage relationship education owes a debt of gratitude to giants in our field who paved the way for the rest of us. As a ferocious advocate for marriage both on and off the bench, Judge James Sheridan stands at the forefront.  
James Sheridan served as a District Court Judge in Adrian, Mi, since 1978. He helped start and then led the marriage enrichment program at his local church in 1978, which quickly evolved into presenting programs for virtually every major Christian denomination and many independents. Five years later he founded the organization, Marriages That Work. in Lenawee County, Michigan, to address the problem of divorce. In 1997, he spearheaded a gathering of Lenawee County clergy and civil officials who agreed to  require education in communication skills and dispute resolution, in addition to taking a premarital inventory, before they would perform weddings. This was the first time in the United States all the civil officials in a county had joined together to require premarital education. The media went wild. James Sheridan was interviewed by over a dozen radio talk shows from across the United States, the BBC in England and Germany. Articles appeared in publications quoting Sheridan extensively in Europe, England and many cities in the United States. He was interviewed on ABC Good Morning America, The CBS Evening News, The ABC Evening News along with local news shows and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Judge Sheridan was a popular speaker for both the marriage and fatherhood field, as well as, a public policy advocate for pre-marriage, marriage and domestic violence education.  So many people who's lives have been changed will never comprehend the breadth of his legacy  but those of us who knew him personally will miss his dynamic passion, humor and creative style. We honor him as we celebrate the impact  of his life on the work that we do every single day to strengthen marriages and families across our country. 
 Judge Sheridan was married over 49 years to his wife, Sharron and they have two children. Cards may be sent to his family at 1555 Townline Hwy., Adrian, MI 49221.
Utah State University Study Needs Your Help! 
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The National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME) is currently seeking qualified, professional speakers - experts in their field to present at The 2016 NARME Summit in Anaheim, CA, July 16-21.  Presenter applications due tomorrow! 
The theme for 2016 is "Be The Change." The goal is for the theme to be woven throughout every part of the Summit. NARME believes we are all challenged to Be The Change in our communities. What better way to inspire, teach and empower each of us, than to hear first-hand how we have the opportunity to make life changing impact in our participant's lives.

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SYMBIS Assessment

Hi Bill,


The Lifelong Love Summit had an amazing first week, and we’re not done yet! So far, we’ve seen some incredible presentations with some of the leading experts on Christ-centered marriages and relationships: 


Gary Thomas discussed why holiness is more important than happiness, and how we can lean into that purpose in our own marriages.


Henry Cloud shared why setting boundaries in your marriage is critical to its health, and how to get started.


Donald Miller talked about about why we desperately need to take off our masks and seek true intimacy in our marriages.


Justin & Trisha Davis shared the story of rebuilding their marriage after infidelity, and their journey back to trust.


Meg Meeker discussed the importance of maintaining a strong marriage through the child-rearing years--especially the teenage years.


Michael Jr. talked about the importance of laughter in all seasons of marriage, and how to use humor to invite positivity into your relationship.


Christy Wright shared some great tips on creating balance in our lives and marriages.


Dave Willis discussed the critical rules couples must follow in order to cultivate and enjoy a lasting and godly relationship.


Derwin Gray talked about the importance of having a spiritual foundation for your family, and marriage as a vehicle for evangelism.


Chris Hogan spoke about how planning effectively for retirement can impact your marriage in astounding ways.


Dale Partridge shared his thoughts about a key ingredient in any strong marriage: godly generosity.


Shelene Bryan talked about the joy that she and her husband discovered through their mission of shared service with others around the world.


Rachel Cruze covered some of the pitfalls newlyweds tend to fall into when it comes to money, and how to avoid them.


Ryan & Selena Frederick discussed ideas for cultivating spiritual intimacy in marriage, plus their thoughts on strengthening marriages through Christ.


Ken Coleman shared tips for couples who are in the trenches of a big transition (like becoming parents) and feel like they’re simply surviving from day to day with little connection.


Coming up this week, we have six more great presentations to share with you. Join us tomorrow to hear from Fawn Weaver, Chris Brown, and Mark & Susan Merrill.


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Here’s to a fantastic finish to this amazing event! Thanks for being a part of it with us. 



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Children raised within marriage do better on average. Why?


Does marriage lead to good or successful parenting, or are people with the traits of good parents more likely to marry?



“The advantages of marriage for children’s wellbeing will be hard to replicate through policies other than those that bolster marriage itself.”

David C. Ribar, Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

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AEI New Research

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Strong families, prosperous states: Do healthy families affect the wealth of states?

October 2015  |  AEI and the Institute for Family Studies

W. Bradford Wilcox, Joseph Price, and Robert I. Lerman

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  • Higher levels of marriage, and especially higher levels of married-parent families, are strongly associated with more economic growth, more economic mobility, less child poverty, and higher median family income at the state level in the United States. Comparing states in the top quintile of married-parent families with those in the bottom quintile, we find that being in the top quintile is associated with a $1,451 higher per capita GDP, 10.5 percent greater upward income mobility for children from lower-income families, a 13.2 percent decline in the child poverty rate, and a $3,654 higher median family income.

  • The share of parents in a state who are married is one of the top predictors of the economic outcomes studied in this report. In fact, this family factor is generally a stronger predictor of economic mobility, child poverty, and median family income in the American states than are the educational, racial, and age compositions of the states.

  • The state-level link between marriage and economic growth is stronger for younger adults (ages 25-35) than for older adults (36-59). This suggests that marriage plays a particularly important role in fostering a positive labor market orientation among young men.

  • Violent crime is much less common in states with larger shares of families headed by married parents, even after controlling for a range of socio-demographic factors at the state level. For instance, the violent crime rate (violent crimes per 100,000 people) sits at 343 on average for states in the top quintile of married parenthood, whereas those in the bottom quintile average a rate of 563. This is noteworthy because high crime rates lower the quality of life and real living standards and are associated with lower levels of economic growth and mobility. 

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