We announce birthdays and anniversaries every weekday morning at 7:40AM and I always find special joy in announcing anniversaries of 25, 30, 50 years or more. Is there a secret to a long happy marriage? Ask 20 couples and you'll probably get 20 different answers but here are a few tips on achieving marital longevity.

The Daily Blur contributor Lynn Miles Peisker offers up these ideas which have worked for her and her husband.

--Treat everyday as a fresh start.  Offer forgiveness and grace.  Accept both in return.
--Take care of yourself. Eat right, exercise and get some sleep so you can be around for the next 30 years.
--Believe he/she is the most fascinating person in the room.  At one time you thought so and it’s not fair to change.
--Stay in the room when you fight. If you have to leave, say, “I have to leave, but I promise to come back.”
--Agree to a budget, stick to it and review it frequently. We have financial night every Monday night. We know where every penny goes. I hate it, but because a saver married a spender, it has saved us.
--Be thankful. Gratitude changes everything.
-- Be a grown-up. Life is hard, yo. Don’t whine and complain. Suck it up.
--Be spouses first. Then be parents second and children third.

via 30 Ways to Stay Married 30 Years — The Daily Blur.

There are many more fresh ideas on how to maintain a healthy marriage and you can see them here.


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