**Note: This post is an update from one originally written almost two years ago, coinciding with the national release of a film related to prayer and marriage. I edited it to be relevant in the current context, and added what I think is a critical component of spiritual practices in couple relationships.
What is “sanctification of marriage?”
Most Americans still report a belief in Deity and a belief in a set of religious practices. Sanctification of marriage is a term in the research literature referring to the belief for some people that marriages contain spiritual meaning. In general, people who report that there is spiritual meaning behind their marriages, report higher marital quality.
What does the research indicate about couple spirituality?
There are various pathways for how individual and joint couple spirituality are linked with higher relationship quality. I’m not offering a comprehensive review, but here are some highlights:
- Couples who…
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