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We Got Love Advice from Women Who’ve Been Married Over 40 Years

February 5th, 2018

When I first had the idea for this story, I vastly underestimated how hard it would be to find couples who’ve been married for over 40 years. I started asking around within my circle of friends (hoping that their parents might qualify) and was quickly reminded that the statistics are no longer in favor of such long unions. That said, the people included below are in the very special percentage of women who’ve made love work long term. I don’t know if I’ve ever enjoyed working on a story more, or been more inspired by the wisdom and advice revealed. No matter how long you’ve been with your partner (or, if you’re like me and still looking for that special person) you’re sure to be inspired by the ideas below. Happy month of love!

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  1. Rena says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post! My parents are married since 55 years and they told me that communication is most essential.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. Karin says:

    Until death do us part like they said, but we were married for 44 years through thick and thin with all the ups and downs which occurred, thus I would say it was not all that easy but we made it work and the years went by and it ended too quickly. FYI, I miss him dearly every day.

  3. This is so sweet! I love reading these types of posts. My husbands grandparents have been married for SEVENTY years. It’s truly amazing.

  4. Diane Smith says:

    What a beautiful post on marriage and commitment! I loved reading everyone’s inspiring stories and picking up some great
    ideas and tips, which I plan on using! Thanks, Jennifer Rose!

  5. Kelly says:

    Married for a little over a year. This makes my heart so, so happy.

  6. Eva says:

    “Have joint projects & interests, but keep your own projects and interest as well”, and “NEVER go to bed angry,” are my favorite pieces of advice that I try to have in my own marriage. Nearly two years, but 13 together!

    Eva |

  7. Eryn says:

    Your sweet parents!!

    My parents would have been married 41 this year. 🙂

  8. Maryanne says:

    I was so touched reading these couples’ beautiful stories. And, what valuable advice and encouragement for anyone contemplating tying the knot. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. miss agnes says:

    I see a lot of common features here: love of God and family, or at least common values that consider that divorce is not an option: commitment, trust and respect for your engagement. Which is the same frame of mind my husband and I have, and we’ve been married for 23 years. Still have some time before reaching the 40 years, but I couldn’t imagine my life without him. Thank you for sharing these inspiring examples of love and fidelity.

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  12. This is so sweet! My fiance and I are getting married soon and it is so wonderful to see all that is good in the world. There is such a normalization around divorce and that really bugs me. Great idea, love it! If you have a chance, please check out my blog. I am a new blogger and I am trying to connect with others. Your blog really stood out to me. Have a great Monday! 🙂

  13. Ethel says:

    It’s beautiful to see this. Such marriages nowadays are so rare. All these stories serve as an inspiration, that yes, it’s possible to make it work. In married life all the necessary grace is given. May there be many more marriages like these. Thank you very much for sharing!

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