Marriage is an amazing, wonderful roller coaster. Seriously, we can't express enough just how awesome it is, or how many myriad benefits it offers — so we're letting our married readers do it for us. Here, eight married men and women get real about what they love most about being married.
I love all the little things.
"The little things are in reality the big things, such as holding hands, sharing our stories and thoughts about each day, having breakfast and dinner together, taking trips, and going out for coffee or a movie. I don't take these things for granted, and try to appreciate the great life we have built together." — Paige
I love the independence marriage gives me.
"Most people would say that marriage takes away your independence, but they're not looking at it correctly. A happy marriage allows you to be yourself and keeps you from having to put on a show for others, like you did when you were dating. My feeling is that the independence that marriage gives you far out weights the independence that most people feel you lose with marriage." — Rob
I love the consistency.
"It's nice to be able to keep building a relationship with the same person where you keep gradually growing closer together. You become better friends, have more inside jokes, build trust, and know that no one else understands you better than they do. I remember when I was still dating being so frustrated every time a relationship would end and I would have to start over." — Britt
I love that I married my best friend.
"I love being married because I get to hang out with my best friend all the time. My wife loves sports, dogs, road trips, has the same slightly immature and dirty sense of humor as I do, and is constructively supportive of me in every way imaginable. We really make a great team, even down to chores." — Jesse
I love that we complete each other.
"For as different as we are, we complete each other. We have even grown to be a little bit more like the other person over the years. We work together like a well oiled machine, and it's bliss." — Eve
I love that it makes me a better person.
"I have had someone by my side to rub against me like soft, ever-so-gentle sandpaper for 22 years. This constant rubbing has helped to smooth out some of my roughness, and has left me a more compassionate person. Marriage can make you a better person if you allow yourself to mature and become more introspective." — Stephanie
I love that marriage made me a parent.
"Being parents to our daughter has made our bond even closer. We have a common vision of how are daughter is being raised and it allows us to strike up conversation about activities, trips and ideas that bring our vision to life. Parenting is an investment that we gladly make together, and the rewards are abundant for our marriage and our daughter." — Rob
I love the security.
"I love the security in partnership. My husband is my true partner and he stands by my side or carries me through anything that life has thrown at us. We have lost a child, moved states, and are currently going through a high risk pregnancy. Not once have I felt alone or overwhelmed. We step up when needed and never keep score. Nothing is impossible with him by my side." — Shreeda