A recent study of 1,700 couples published in the Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy by Dr. Jason Carroll of Brigham Young University, showed “couples who said money wasn’t important to them scored about 10 to 15% better on measures of relationship quality, such as marriage stability, than couples in which one or both partners were materialistic.” (The Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2011)

Even when couples had plenty of money, it was “materialism itself that’s creating much of the difficulty.”

Researchers theorized that more materialistic spouses might cause partners to spend more, run up debt, or make poor financial decisions. Also, materialistic spouses may give their relationships lower priority.

Closing quotes:

“For what doeth it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world but lose is own soul?” — Matthew 16:26

“Anybody who thinks money will make you happy, hasn’t got money.” — David Geffen record/film/theater producer, philanthropist, co-founder DreamWorks SKG

“All riches have their origin in mind. Wealth is in ideas, not money.” — Robert Collier (1885-1950), Nathan S. Collier’s grandfather, author of “Riches within Your Reach,” first published in 1925