POSTED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:26pm
UPDATED: Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 5:32pm
Ken and Carla Rawson have been married for 40 years.
They say money and 'stuff' are not among their concerns.
"We've been blessed to have much of the things that money can buy but that hasn't kept us together all these years. What's kept us together is commitment from the day we were married and we love eachother," Ken Rawson said.
A recent study conducted by BYU suggests many American married couples aren't so fortunate.
More than 1700 married couples across the U.S. were asked how much value they placed on having money and material things.
Apparently the couples who thought money is no big deal scored up to 15% higher in the stability of their marriage.
Liza Ely is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Tyler.
Married couples are part of her practice.
"I have found that to be extremely accurate...I am not aware of one study that suggests we get our happiness from our stuff," said Ely.
She says materialistic couples should simplify their lives.
"What is important is how we relate with one another and looking at what truly gives us joy, if we just stop and think what were the last 5 times that we felt truly joyful and what were we doing?" Ely said.
She says chances are, the answer to that question involves spending time with your spouse...not buying something.
And in these hard economic times, the Rawsons have their marriage in perspective.
"If you've invested in things of this world that money can buy, everything deteriorates and is gonna go away. but a commitment that's founded on the lord will last forever...until your last breath," Rawson said.