I've heard the saying, “A happy wife is a happy life” several times now from a bunch of buddies who've been married for over 5 years. There's a truth to every saying, just as there's a truth to every joke. Hence, I'm wondering why. Is the reason why guys say this phrase so much because as soon as the wife is not happy, she's plotting to cut off your nuts, divorce you and take half?!
Some view marriage as an outdated tradition that has lost its relevance in today's society. Does a couple need to get married if they are happily living together and making things work? Not really, but it's nice to do to show one's commitment towards each other. On the other hand, being a faithful, loving husband is also a great way to show commitment too.
A Happy Wife Is A Happy Life Indeed
Why are there so many jokes about marriage? The threat of financial punishment due to infidelity is very serious. The threat makes guys think twice about cheating on their wives.
However, financial punishment also makes many boyfriends delay their marriage proposals forever unless of course she is loaded. Have you ever wondered why a guy who has been with his girlfriend for over 5 years still hasn't proposed?
Well, now you know. He's probably afraid he won't be able to stay faithful. So as a buffer, he doesn't propose and lauds the importance of a great relationship over marriage. Sorry guys, you know it's true.
The Challenge To Stay Faithful
The other great “joke” is when married guys say they are “MBAs.” You know, “Married But Available.” What a smart acronym. Although, women would probably vehemently disagree. It was probably coined by a married guy who was traveling on a business trip somewhere and wanted to have some fun.
In many cultures, there's a don't ask don't tell type of policy in relationships. This happens often when husbands have to go out and entertain clients. In Japan, for example, if a husband comes home before 7pm, his wife may scold him for not working harder and taking out clients or senior colleagues! But is she really a happy wife? Hard to say.
Another constant issue that continues to get thrown around is the statistic that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. If you had a 50% chance of dying if you ate the red pill, but also a 50% chance of becoming a billionaire, you still probably won't take the risk. So why is it that marriage is such big business that happens over and over again?
The answer lies in the desire for companionship.
Women Are Convinced By Men Who Then Convince Other Men To Get Married
There's a romantic side to every man, whether a woman knows it or not. That romantic side culminates in the proposal and perhaps even the honeymoon, but goes down hill from there. Why else do you see men let themselves go after marriage with beer guts an all?
Their romance already hit their peak and they're tapped out! If a man were truly romantic, he'd stay in shape, groom meticulously, and take you out on a real date at least once a week, not just to Olive Garden. But, let's be honest, your man doesn't do that. And it's not his fault because of his genetic makeup and ……. you!
Despite many pleas to their wives to not chop off their hair after marriage, wives still do. This is where things start going downhill. Men believe the choppage of hair is a signal for war and start retaliating by turning into Shrekalikes.
Women retaliate more and then fast forward 10 years, and BAM, you've got a sure case for wanting out!
A Happy Stud Is A Happy Bud
Maybe there's no truth to anything I've written at all. Every single marriage is blissful. Nobody starts getting lazy with their bodies, and men are hopeless romantics who never cheat. Of course your marriage is like that.
But, maybe you see some truths in what I've written. And you may decide that marriage isn't the best thing to do if you're already happily co-habitating.
Or maybe you're one of the lucky ones who is head over heels about your spouse. Finding someone you want to grow old with is absolutely priceless. Hold onto that person and treat them well!
Whatever the case may be, nothing is worse than being alone. So have a grand old time being together!
And if you do get married, work hard to make it last. Aim for a happy wife and a happy life for you both.
More Money Makes A Happy Wife
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Know any guys or gals out there that are afraid to commit? What do you think their reasons are? Do some people actually prefer being single? If you're married, do you have a happy wife?