When we are engaged, getting hitched and in the honeymoon phase of married life, we often get all kinds of advice…sometimes unsolicited advice! While not every tip or trick from our friends, family, Facebook memes, or magazine covers in the checkout aisle is helpful, why not take a glance at and give an ear to what couples married 50 plus years have to say? Husbands and wives who’ve managed to love, cherish and stay strong together for half a century, must have some great wisdom to share!
Here are 25 of their tips:
1Let your spouse know you're thinking about them during the day.
2Accept your spouse for who they are.
3 Learn how to compromise.
4Be physically affectionate with one another.
5Pursue some of the same interests.
6Learn to really apologize.
7Make intimacy a priority outside the bedroom.
8Don't look for excuses to end your marriage.
9Have a sense of humor about yourself and your relationship.
10Know that the grass is not always greener.
11Realize that you will fight.
12Perform small gestures of kindness on a regular basis.
14Keep company with positive people.
15 Admit when you are wrong.
16Take time to cool off if things are getting too heated.
17 Don't be afraid to ask for help with your relationship.
18Know that no marriage is perfect.
19Always kiss each other goodnight.
20Understand that patience is a virtue.
21 Know that you're a team, no matter what.
22 Reminisce about why you first fell in love.
23Maintain a life outside of your relationship.
24Make your partner feel wanted.
25Enjoy one another's company.
*Adapted from “The 50 Best Marriage Tips from Couples Who’ve Been Married for 50 Years” by Julia Malacoff