The Secret to a Long, Happy Marriage: Develop Yourself, Too

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An interesting story in the Toronto Star caught our eye this morning: How to Have a Long, Happy Marriage.

The piece is a Q&A with author Iris Krasnow, whose new book The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married features interviews with 200 women, all married between 15 and 70 years, and all sharing what they believe to be the keys to keeping love alive. Some of the ways these women made their marriages work may seem unconventional (summers apart, a little hanky-panky at age 70, keeping secrets), but the gist was the same no matter who she spoke to:

The happiest wives I interviewed had a sense of purpose, passion and adventure outside of their marriages. They realized early on that you can’t expect one person to make you happy for the rest of your life. You must do that for yourself.

Read the whole story at the Toronto Star website. And tell us below: what are your secrets to a long, happy marriage?

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