6/27/2012 11:24 AM
One of the highlights of my honeymoon was the lunch where my husband and I were sat next to a couple who were celebrating their 65th anniversary. Their six children had sent them on the cruise as an anniversary present. They cheerfully shared their best tips for making a marriage last, and I enjoyed hearing them. I immediately thought of them when I saw the popular wedding toast and advice video that's become an online sensation.
Check out the adorable video, and some of the best marriage advice to come from elderly couples, below the jump.
Five Tips from Elderly Couples
- Build something together. The couple I met had started a plumbing business together as newlyweds that is now run by their grandchildren. They said that sharing in the creation of their business helped their marriage grow stronger.
- Travel together. Couple after couple advises that seeing the world together is a wonderful way to strengthen your bond. You will grow to associate one another with wonderous sights and experiences from all over the world.
- Be careful about how you argue. While few couples could seem to agree about whether or not arguing was good for the relationship, they all agreed on resolution: no couple should ever let the sun set on an argument. Making sure you never go to bed angry means that you both have to work toward a resolution before you sleep.
- Be supportive of one another. This doesn't just mean emotional support; happy couples help one another out in practical ways, as well. Wash dirty dishes without griping about who left them in the sink. Take care to hang wet towels and always put your clothes in the hamper. Some of the most loving acts you can do involve mundane tasks that make your spouse's life a little bit easier.
- Save your money. Engaging in frugal practices together to build a nest egg and ensure your financial security. Invest together for your future. Money fights are one of the top destroyers of marriages. When you work together to make your family secure, your help reduce financial stress. As a result, your marriage is warmer, more secure, and more comfortable.