Sunday, February 14, 2016

Love and relationships

The best way to celebrate St. Valentine's Day is to attend church together. "Using a national sample of about 1,600 adults ages 18-59 in romantic relationships, the researchers, Brad Wilcox of the University of Virginia and Nicholas H. Wolfinger of the University of Utah, found that shared religious attendance and a man’s religious attendance are associated with higher relationship quality."

The same study also showed  shared prayer was a stronger predictor of relationship quality than all other factors measured in the study, including the education and age of couples.

On this day in 269 "Valentine was martyred the day before the pagan festival to the goddess Februata Juno at which boys drew girls' names for acts of sexual promiscuity. Were legends about the martyr's death modified to replace the heathen custom? No one knows for sure. In fact, there may have been two or even three martyrs named Valentine who died in different parts of the empire at about the same time. We know little or nothing about any of them."


Paula said...

My exhusband and I participated in religion when our children were little. Divorce then was unthinkable. Then we stopped, grew apart in all ways, and I thought more and more of leaving him. I don't know if it would have helped to have kept participating in temple activities... but it certainly wouldn't have been worse.

Norma said...

It's really hard to second guess those things. I know couples who have been united in faith and family, who have split; always a shocker, but no one knows what is going on in someone else's home.

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