Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has put significant strain on relationships, National Marriage Week USA (NMW) released a new COVID Guide for celebrating National Marriage Week 2021 this week, February 7-14, and called for organizations across the United States to provide online marriage-strengthening activities for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.
National Marriage Week USA is a national movement to increase marriage education, a public education campaign to promote the benefits of marriage for reducing poverty and benefiting children, and the only national clearinghouse for marriage events throughout the country. Throughout the week, organizations across the United States will draw attention to the need to strengthen marriage and host virtual classes and events to build stronger marriages.
Recent research continues to confirm that married adults are about two times more likely to report they are “very happy” than adults who are divorced or never married. Not only does marriage increase adult happiness, but it also benefits children. In the US, marriage drops the probability of child poverty by 82%. Children raised by both their parents at home perform better in school; they are less likely to experience addiction, teen pregnancy, and trouble with the law.
“Even with the challenges of the pandemic, marriage is worth it,” says NMWUSA executive director Sheila Weber. “From increasing adult happiness to providing the security children need to thrive, marriage benefits everyone. And as many have realized during lockdown, strong marriages take work, but there are effective ways to strengthen struggling marriages and restore broken relationships.”
National Marriage Week USA has released a new COVID Guide for online marriage classes and support, along with its toolkit for how to promote marriage in your community, and a national calendar of marriage-strengthening events.
“We invite all those who believe that marriage is worth it to join with us to provide virtual tools to support marriages this February,” said Weber. “Especially during COVID lockdown, we need to help strengthen relationships across the country.”
For a complete list of resources to strengthen marriages in your community, visit www.NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org.
(SOURCE: National Marriage Week USA via Christian Newswire)