What's the secret to 56 years of A happy marriage?

  1. I was chatting with a husband of a patient today. He said they had been married for 56 years. I asked him, what's the secret to a happy marriage?


    His answer: "Oh I don't know, just drink a lot of whiskey!"

    So inspirational!
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  3. by   crazin01
    gotta luv it!!
  4. by   CCRN2BE
    Haha, love it! I always love being in the company of couples who've been married 40, 50, 60 plus years and observing them interact with one another.

    On the otherhand, one of the hardest things I've been humbled to witness as a nurse it to see that couple ache for the other when sickness or death comes along. Heartbreaking.
  5. by   macawake
    Quote from Emergent
    I was chatting with a husband of a patient today. He said they had been married for 56 years. I asked him, what's the secret to a happy marriage?


    His answer: "Oh I don't know, just drink a lot of whiskey!"

    So inspirational!
    Whiskey? Somehow I'm just not feeling the romance there...

    If the day ever comes when being with my man makes me want to dive into my single malt, I'm out of there. Just sayin'

    Honestly, it touches my heart when I see couples who've been together for a long time treat each other with respect and who still seem to be having interesting conversations over dinner, despite having shared thousands of them.

    At the other end of the spectrum, couples who seem to spend all their waking hours bickering and constantly delivering little snide barbs at their significant other, drive me up the wall. I always wonder what makes anyone put up with that, settle for that and why someone would choose to be like that.
  6. by   kakamegamama
    If only I had had 50 years with my first husband (who died 15 years ago after 29 years); and could have 50 with my second (alas, we would both be over 100 years old if we had 50 years together.). I find myself envious of these couples and am fascinated when I watch them....so often they truly live as one.....

    Whiskey....hmmm....never thought of that ;-)
  7. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    I've only been married half that time, 28 years; ask me again when I'm 96 years old, if I'm still here.
  8. by   Avid reader
    Quote from No Stars In My Eyes
    I've only been married half that time, 28 years; ask me again when I'm 96 years old, if I'm still here.
    What's the secret for 28 years? I grow bored of them so easily especially if I'm not given my alone time. I never ever impose any demands or expectations because I truly believe that it's up to each individual to make themselves happy. I want someone who compliments my faults and picks up the slack but I suspect it could also be because I have no expectations. So what's your secret?

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