Regardless of your views on marriage, it must be acknowledged that our society’s views on the institution of marriage are changing. In fact, they have been changing for many years now, perhaps even decades. As recently as the 1960s and 1970s, a large majority of people in the United States not only believed it was better to be married, but most people actually set their sights on being married. For a wide array of reasons—upheaval in our economy, scandals in religious institutions, changing morals related to women in the workplace and feminism, and an increasing rate of divorce, to name but a few—the nature of marriage is undergoing subtle but unmistakable changes.
Increasingly, people seem to be focused on combining fruitful careers with healthy relationships and, decreasingly, marriage is a part of the mix for many. There are probably too many factors related to our society’s changing attitudes toward marriage to identify a single one that rises above the rest, other than to state that society’s increasingly strong move away from traditional marriage is real. Even with same-sex marriage now being legal in all fifty states, those of us who plan to get married are doing so later in life, and fewer of us believe that marriage is necessary to a life of happiness and fulfillment.
Desire For Happiness And Fulfillment
But what is not changing is our desire for happiness and fulfillment, which comes naturally with our social nature: As social beings, we will always want to experience strong connections with other human beings. And even if we choose not to involve ourselves in the traditional manifestations of marriage, we are no less likely to be involved in singular relationships with one special, trusted other. When we are in a relationship with another person, we are morally obligated to work toward that person’s well-being, which, in turn, benefits our own well-being. But given that life puts more pressure on our relationships arguably than ever before, we often find ourselves in need of a perspective from a trustworthy professional who can provide an insightful long-view of how to get our relationships back on track.
Couples Counseling Coon Rapids, MN
Laurie Grengs, a trusted psychologist with over thirty-five years’ experience helping individuals and couples maximize the health of their relationships in order to give them the best possible chance of achieving long-term happiness and fulfillment. She provides strong marriage counseling in Coon Rapids, which has been extremely beneficial to those who have sought her services. No matter how you define your relationship—from a traditional marriage to not-so traditional union—Laurie Grengs’ couples counseling works from a point of understanding the nature of modern connection, seeking happiness and fulfillment. Contact Laurie Grengs at 1-877-572-2326 for more information.