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Professor: Get Married, Stay Married: A Recipe for Health, Wealth and Happiness

Lighthouse Faith

Feb 18 2024 • 42 mins

The data doesn't lie. Getting married and staying married benefits women, children... and men. Social scientist, Professor Brad Wilcox, gives convincing proof that marriage, despite being much maligned today, is actually a better way to live, well, happily ever after. But there are some caveats. First, the myth of the soul mate. No human is perfect and so no potential spouse, no matter how much he or she makes your heart flutter, is capable of fulfilling your every desire. Sooner or later the butterflies go free and what remains is the reality of a relationship that takes work. But it's well worth it. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Wilcox, Professor of sociology at the University of Virginia and a "Future of Freedom" Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, breaks down the evidence he found while researching his new book, "GET MARRIED: Why Americans must Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families, and Save Civilization." It's a tall order, but the data shows that coming from a two-parent household is a better reassurance that a child will do well in school, be happier and have a better chance of achieving the American dream. Case in point, Ivy League colleges and universities have an overabundance of overachievers with one common denominator, the majority come from stable, two parent households. Wilcox points out, this is actually odd since many  professors at these liberal establishments tout diversity of family types--single parent, parents never married --but in their own lives represent the more traditional, married parents with children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices