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TEN PROMISES describes the dedication necessary for couples to experience a fruitful and lasting relationship. It is a simple and straightforward guide to a better marriage.

The percentage of successful marriages continues to decline. The U.S. Bureau of Statistics published findings in 2006 stating about 50% of all marriages will end in divorce: 40% of first marriages, 60% of second marriages and a whopping 73% of third marriages. Furthermore, only a small percentage of couples say they are still happy after only a few years. This begs the question, is there hope for marriage and family values? The answer is yes. The key is to be aware of your responsibilities and always be committed to your relationship.

Preparation for marriage can drastically reduce your chances of divorce. Premarital counseling is a great way to start your marriage on the right track. Books related to marital responsibilities can also assist you in becoming better informed.

There are missed opportunities for improving your marriage and the devastation (divorce) in the wake of these missed opportunities is undeniably tragic. Children in single parent homes experience greater problems adapting to societal rules. They have an even greater chance of failure in life. Also, the pain and loneliness experienced by divorcees is undeniably sad and can foster a lifetime of anger, resentment and unhappiness.

No one wins when a marriage fails. You, your wife and children will all suffer from this failure. There may be a little difference in the level of pain experienced by each, but pain will be the inevitable result, nonetheless. Some recover. Some do not. Regardless, there will be scars carried for a lifetime.

Failure need not be an option. You hold the key to happiness and success in your hand. Use that key to unlock her heart and discover how wonderful, satisfying and sustainable a marriage can be.