Caught in the “Happiness Trap”: The Ultimate Goal of Marriage
Last Friday, two things happened that radically impacted my view of marriage.
The first was a quote that a DJ was discussing on the radio. He talked about a tweet someone posted that basically said that the goal of marriage was not happiness, that happiness was simply one of the benefits.
Intellectually, I understand this. Marriage is difficult, often full of mountains and valleys, and anyone married for a long period of time will tell you it is not always happy.
However, it is so easy to get sucked into the “happiness trap” when we talk about marriage. Think about the way people talk about couples: