A good marriage: secrets from long-term couples

Mature Hearts Team Inspirational Stories, Relationship Advice

When you want marriage and relationship advice, who better to turn to than couple that have been together for a long time. If they’re celebrating more than 40 or even 60 years together, then odds are that they have a lot of solid experience to share with the rest of us.

Here’s what a few long term couples had to say on the topic of love, relationships, marriage and family life:

Ummugul and Fikri Tatlici (62 years) – Huffington Post
“Do not hold grudges. Forget, forgive and remember how you fell in love in the first place.”

John and Ann Betar (83 years) – MBG
“It’s a lifelong thing. How do you define love? Through actions, understanding, little things…”

Jenny and Manny (65 years) – Fatherly
“When you go to bed at night, it doesn’t matter how angry or sad you are, you don’t have to say anything but you always, always touch toes. Just a little reminder that I’m here and I still love you no matter what.”

Evelyn and Alan Brier – Good House Keeping
“Life is going to hit you with curve balls. But you have to stick it out. People give up too soon, too easily. It’s how you handle those lows together that makes the difference in life. There will be strains, yet it gets easier, and in many ways, better.”

Zelmyra and Herbert Fisher (87 years) – GodVine
“Respect, support, and communicate with each other. Be faithful, honest, and true. Love each other with ALL of your heart.”

Thomas and Irene Howard (70 years) – Glamour
“Throughout our lives together, we have only shown each other respect and good manners, and I think of lot of youngsters could learn a lot from that. I’ve always respected Irene—she’s been my lifeline. I may have been wrong on certain issues, and so has she, but we always make up by the end of the day.”

In Lessons for Loving Montage, by the Cornell Legacy Project, world-renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer introduces three of the wise elders from his most recent book, 30 Lessons for Loving:

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