Researchers are now catching up to what many Christian leaders have preached forever – relationships are more valuable to one's well-being than material things.
As Christmas (the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ) approaches and the heat from the internal pressure cooker for many to buy, buy, buy is rising, now is a great time to think about priorities as spelled out by this article in the Huffington Post: 6 Reasons Why People – Not Things – Will Make You Happier.
One of the six reasons that looking to the material to make you happy is wrong, as reported in HP, is that focusing too much on money could be bad for your marriage.
"Caring too much about getting or spending money could have an impact on the stability – and satisfaction – of your marriage, according to Brigham Young University and William Paterson University researchers. The study, published in the Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, showed that couples who have lower levels of materialism also have higher scores on martial quality and satisfaction tests, compared with those with higher levels of materialism, ABC News reported. Plus, this finding held true even when researchers took the couples' wealth out of the equation."