2016-10-07

List of physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and financial improvements after marriage

The following is a rather laconic list of those positive changes that seem to have happened to me physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and financially after I got married about a month and a half ago. Most of them are thanks to my wife.

Physical improvements

  • My daily physical routines, including when to do physical exercises and when to eat, are even better organized now, thanks to their stricter supervision by my wife.
  • I've stopped drinking alcohol except on Sabbaths and Jewish holidays as part of our unofficial "marriage contract".
  • Improvement rate: 50%

Emotional improvements

  • The very feeling that I share my life now with someone who understands me very well, including my weaknesses, has improved my overall emotional health significantly.
  • I feel far fewer negative emotions, including stress, anger, and frustration as they are prevented or at least eased by my sharing with my wife at the end of each day what happened that day.
  • I also feel that my emotions are under control thanks to the weekly psychological counseling my wife and I started taking after returning from our honeymoon.
  • I seem to have started to emit positive energy around myself, "attracting" to me (or us) other positively thinking people, especially in our own physical community in Jerusalem.
  • Improvement rate: 100%

Intellectual improvements

  • I've come to admire and love the depth and beauty of the Jewish intellectual tradition even more, partly thanks to my daily khavruse ('pair study') with my wife.
  • I feel I have more and better inspirations and new ideas about my work as well as other intellectual activities of mine, thanks to my constant brainstorming with my wife, who shares with me many professional and non-professional intellectual interests.
  • Improvement rate: 75%

Spiritual improvements

  • I've come to admire and love the depth and beauty of the Jewish spiritual tradition even more, partly thanks to my daily khavruse ('pair study') with my wife.
  • Improvement rate: 50%

Financial improvements

  • I've started to make a frugal living more consciously, especially in my daily expenditures, mostly as part of my effort to support another person with the same income.
  • Improvement rate: 25%