If you’re like most American adults, married or single, you’ve probably spent some time thinking about whether you really want to be married. There are many reasons why people choose marriage: the desire for companionship, the yearning for raising a family, financial stability, and in some cases even social pressure. Recent research by the Pew Research Center shows that while most Americans would like to be married at some point in their lives, many are in no rush to do so. They report that the U.S. marriage rate is currently the lowest it has ever been, and that only 51% of American adults were married in 2011. It seems that an increasing number of people are questioning the importance of marriage in their lives.
While some believe marriage is an absolute necessity, there are others who state otherwise. Writing on the Oprah website, author Leah Cohen presents the case for not getting married. Cohen states that while many people get married out of the fear of being alone, being unmarried does not mean you’re living your life in isolation. People can still experience rich, deep connections with others in their lives. Often people get married to experience a sense of security; however, Cohen notes that being married doesn’t mean you won’t experience tough times. As for feeling secure, a spouse isn’t necessary. One can always feel secure by being around loved ones.
But how do you know if marriage is the right choice for you? In the video below, Sadhguru explains whether marriage is for everyone and how you can make the right decision for yourself.
Now that you know how to evaluate your need for marriage, how will you apply Sadhguru’s insight to your own life? Share your thoughts with us below!