Marriage is an institution billions of people would at a point in their lives, willingly enter. This is because marriage is seen as the union between two people who are willing to go above and beyond for each other.
As beautiful as it sounds, the institution of marriage is complex. For starters, nothing really prepares you when you are committing to live your life with someone who has been trained different from you.
No two people are equally alike and this adds to why marriage is ultimately a compromise. But some things can help to lower the risk of failure in marriage.
YEN.com.gh has compiled four reasons why Ghanaians looking to get married should live together first.
1. Living with someone everyday is the best way to know them
Visits and sleepovers are fine. But those things are arranged, more often than not, one gets the chance to prepare.
But when you practically stay with someone, there are things neither of you can prepare yourself for. If you want to live together forever, you better know people at their "unprepared worst".
2. Companionship anytime you want
When someone lives with you, chances are that they are offering companionship. Sure, you can offer companionship over the phone or any communication means, but physical companionship tops all.
When you know that a person is physically there always to hold your hand, look at you and talk to you, you will not choose phone calls and texts.
3. Intimacy cannot be underrated
When people do not live together, visitations are usually the only times they get to be intimate. Again, these are mostly planned.
In marriage, you have to deal with a lot of spontaneity. When you live with someone, you get to know their intimate likes and much of this come through spontaneous stuff.
4. Cut down costs and save
Young people move from their parents' homes when they want independence and a preparation for life without mum and dad. But when a girl and boy live apart, that is the sum of two apartments.
It is far cheaper to live together, shop together and easier to combine your powers to pay the bills and save.
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