Such a report would be strange for people to get upset about
As more evidence seemingly suggests, the Judeo-Christian values are essential contributing factors to both social stability and well being of families.
According to a report The New York Times, a study from the Institute for Family Studies and the Wheatley Institution found that “the happiest of all American wives consider themselves religious conservatives.”
As The Blaze noted, the finding didn’t go down with liberals.
A New York Times Opinion tweet read:
“It turns out that the happiest of all wives in America are religious conservatives, followed by their religious progressive counterparts.”
It turns out that the happiest of all wives in America are religious conservatives, followed by their progressive counterparts https://t.co/jaxXzMkEf7
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) May 20, 2019
It would seem such a report would be strange for people to get upset about.
But the source of the anger maybe be found in the title:
“The Ties That Bind: Is Faith a Global Force for Good or Ill in the Family?”
For many of today’s progressive so-called liberals, the idea that religion is the basis for social stability and personal happiness is offensive, and that may be down to the fact they are forced to address their doubts they could be brainwashed by an idealism that doesn’t have their best interests.
Researchers detailed that women who report having “above-average satisfaction with their marriages” are often both religious and conservative.
The New York Times op-ed noted that “Fully 73 percent of wives who hold conservative gender values and attend religious services regularly with their husbands have high-quality marriages.”
“When it comes to relationship quality, there is a J-curve in women’s marital happiness, with women on the left and the right enjoying higher-quality marriages than those in the middle—but especially wives on the right.”
But that should not be such an unusual finding.
Those who believe in the sacred institution of marriage are generally going to enter marriage with a fundamentally different perspective.
As many religions teach, marriage is a covenant rather than a contract, this has implications for both entering marriage and ending one.
If divorce is not viewed as anything but an opt-out clause in a civil arrangement, but “the murder of the one flesh” union, then ending the marital bond would be taken far more seriously.
Sociologist Nicholas Wolfinger of the University of Utah over at the Institute for Family Studies found that Americans who had only ever slept with their spouses were by far the most likely to report that their marriage was “very happy.”
Meanwhile, women who had between six and ten sexual partners in their lives reported the lowest odds of marital happiness.
The same is true for men, who also reported lower marital satisfaction after one partner.
The Atlantic’s report on the study read:
“Contrary to conventional wisdom, when it comes to sex, less experience is better, at least for the marriage,” said W. Bradford Wilcox, a sociologist and senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies. In an earlier analysis, Wolfinger found that women with zero or one previous sex partners before marriage were also least likely to divorce, while those with 10 or more were most likely. These divorce-proof brides are an exclusive crew: By the 2010s, he writes, just 5 percent of new brides were virgins. And just 6 percent of their marriages dissolved within five years, compared with 20 percent for most people.
Other studies’ findings have also supported the surprising durability of marriages between people who have only ever had sex with one another. In this latest study, women who have had one partner instead of two are about 5 percentage points happier in their marriages, about on a par, Wolfinger says, with the boost that possessing a four-year degree, attending religious services, or having an income over $78,000 a year has for a happy marriage. (In his analysis, he controlled for education, income, and age at marriage.)
The promotion of personal happiness and social stability should be the focus of our governments, so it is baffling why they help fill society with elements that do the exact opposite.
Those beautiful traditions, which have been gradually diluted over the past hundred years, are more critical for a safe, happy, and functioning society than we realize.