Qualities of a Successful Marriage

The qualities of a successful marriage have thus become essential to understand in the context of the present-day situation.Webster’s Dictionary defines marriage as ‘The institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family’ (Bell, 2001). However, the institution of marriage has been in a state of transition since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century (Head, 2009). Marriage is an economic arrangement, more binding and more exacting than an insurance agreement. Marriage earlier was not a story of love but of economic survival. There have been several instances when marriage was based on love but it has served a more pragmatic purpose than that – it allowed a man to work without having to concern himself about household chores or matters relating to children. As women achieved more social power the concept of marriage has changed.A successful marriage would signal to the friends and the society that it is a committed relationship and they should be concerned about the wellbeing of the couple and not of any individual. While marriage has become more joyful, loving and satisfying than ever before, it has also become more optional and brittle (Coontz, 2005). In the past, it has served economic, social and political functions but today the partners want to satisfy their needs and wishes. Today it is recognized as a personal and private relationship to fulfill their emotional and sexual desires. This resulted in free choice for mate selection and successful marriage was one that met the needs of the partners. Overall the marriage as an institution has undergone a drastic change.Marriage is not just an agreement or bonding of two individuals but it is an institution which serves to establish a connectionbetween two families to produce the suitable heir to the family power (Head, 2009).