The stress of being in an unhappy marriage has a big impact (effect) on the health of our heart. A bad marriage is riskier for women, especially for older women. They get more heart disease than men because of the stress of being in a relationship gone wrong. One reason for older women having more heart problems is because they are generally more caring. A wife is more likely to (will probably) provide support and care for her sick husband. Also, if a wife is sick and cannot look after her husband, she can get stressed about this.
In a study conducted (done) in Michigan State University in the USA, researchers found that people in unhappy marriages have a higher risk of getting a broken heart. Dr Lui’s team studied the health of 1,200 married men and women aged 57 to 85 over a five-year period. The researchers asked the participants questions about their marital (relating to marriage) life. They asked about whether they spent free time with their partner. They also asked if they could trust and rely on (depend on) their spouse, and whether their spouse asks them to do too many things. The doctors looked at the quality of the marriages to see who was happy and who was not. They then compared this with the number of heart attacks and strokes people had. People in bad marriages were more depressed, more obese (fat) and had higher blood pressure.
Marriage is God’s great idea, but in every marriage there are seasons (times) of difficulty when one or both partners may feel dissatisfied with the marital relationship. When difficulties occur in our marriage, we may wonder (not be sure) whether we have found the right person or may even think we have made a terrible (very bad) mistake. Some people believe that God created marriage to mature us (make us feel responsible) and for us to enjoy, but it was never intended (was not for the purpose to) make us happy. As we work to improve our marriage, sometimes our efforts don’t produce the changes we want. During these times, the question we need to ask ourselves is not, “Should I leave my spouse so I can find another person who will make me happy?” but rather, “Can I learn to find contentment (happiness and satisfaction) and joy while in the midst of an unhappy marriage? And if so, how?”
Do you know unhappy married people? Explain why they aren’t happy? (5 lines- one paragraph)
In your opinion what makes a marital life happy? (5 lines- one paragraph)
Why do some people think “marriage is intended to mature us”? (5 lines- one paragraph)0 This entry was posted in Reading Stage 2 by Parviz with no comments yet