MCLEAN, Va., Feb / -- Sunrise Senior Living ,
one of the largest providers of senior living
services with more than 450 communities
worldwide, shared the results of a recent
survey conducted among couples who have been
married 50+ years and spent more than five
decades of special Valentine's Days together.
To give perspective to these special occasions,
residents were asked what they attribute to the
longevity and success of their relationships.
Results revealed their top ten secrets to a
long-lasting and satisfying marriage:
Don't Go to Bed Angry
many couples acknowledged that at times, they
went to bed annoyed, they didn't allow their
anger to linger long.
Share "I Love Yous" Regularly
husbands and wives remember to share these
words before going to work each morning while
others found it a part of their nightly
Kiss Each Other Goodnight
Almost all of Sunrise's couples noted the
importance of sharing love and affection
regularly and what better way to keep a
connection then a kiss goodnight
Have an Argument Every Once in While
husband remarked that even though they may have
disagreed, "she never packed her bags and left"
- small misunderstandings are natural and
working through them together is important.
Respect and Trust Each Other
majority of couples said that respecting and
trusting their spouse was an integral part of
Enjoy Time Together
couple encouraged newlyweds to create a series
of honeymoons, while others reminisced about
nights of dinner and dancing out on the town.
Be Understanding and Compromise
husbands joked that they do whatever their
wives tell them, but all the couples attributed
their happiness to recognizing the strengths
and weaknesses of their spouse and mastering
the art of give and take.
good friends first and laughing with --and at
-- each other was a common theme of the
Communicate and Listen
resident recommended that one should "have an
intelligent partner and then listen to them" as
all couples recognized the importance of
communicating with partners and of course,
understanding when you might have to just "shut
Celebrate Special Occasions
couples shared stories of their romantic trips
to mark birthdays, holidays and anniversaries,
while others remarked that they spend every day
like its Valentine's Day - setting aside
special private time for each other.
notable findings include advice such as: people
should find out as much as they can about each
other before they get married; go on regular
dates; treat the other how they would want to
be treated; overlook the faults; don't put all
your thoughts on money; and consider marriage a
is important no matter your age. The comfort of
love and the feelings brought on by romantic
relationships seem to help and console seniors,
particularly as they continue to age.
although it is not listed here, I wanted to add
another item for a long lasting
God In Your Marriage" .........Rick
Today's Seniors Network