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9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Nobody: 10:44am On Feb 17, 2013
After 73 years of marriage, 94-year old Barbara Cooper knows how to get through matrimony's rough patches. The author of Fall in Love for Life shares her hard-earned wisdom. -By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.



On making time to make love
"I don't understand couples who say they are too busy or too tired to sleep together. Unless they are building roads all day or running a multi-national corporation, I expect they have just lost sight of priorities. If you wish to stay connected and happy in your marriage, my advice to you is to never be too tired or too busy to feel love for your partner. When your life is nearly over, you will regret it if you look back and recall too many nights when you made excuses instead of making love."

On bickering
"The most important thing for any couple trying to get along is to think before you speak. If you are bickering and find that you are getting angry, take a deep breath and change course, and ask your partner to do the same. Try saying something conciliatory like, 'I don't know why this is making me so upset, but it is, so can you just humor me and help me get over it?' By simply admitting you are losing your cool, you may find that the anger quickly dissipates."

On greeting your partner
"If you want your relationship to survive and to thrive, you will have to train yourself to focus most of your attention on the person you love. When your sweetheart comes into the room, whether it's just from taking care of some chores in the garage or from a long day at work, your job is to put down whatever you're doing, look him in the eye, and verbally express your delight at seeing him again. It's really so little to ask, and delivers so much - to both of you."

On having affairs
"Some people have affairs because they tell themselves that they deserve more attention than they get at home. Or maybe they get annoyed because they feel that all of their needs aren't getting met by their partner. Well, whoever told them that one person could meet their every need? You can actually live quite comfortably without having all of your needs met. Try thinking about it that way; you might be surprised how liberating it is. You are not perfect, and neither is your partner, but you can make a very pleasant life together if you are both serious about providing the love and support that go along with a marriage."

On going from lovers to parents
"It's true that when your babies are small, there isn't much time left over for romantic gestures. But the wonderful thing about romance is that it is the quality, never the quantity, that matters. So when the baby is napping, throw a blanket on the living room floor, slice some peaches or plums or whatever you have in the house, pour a glass of something bubbly, and enjoy a mini picnic. Write love notes to each other and slip them in between the clean diapers. Be creative, and if you want your love to flourish, it certainly will do so."

On overcoming money problems
"The most important ingredient for getting through tough economic times is THE TRUTH - it's so important it should be capitalized and italicized. So this means that if you have any financial secrets you are keeping from your partner, you must put them on the table. Doesn't that sound scary? I am sure it does, but as with so many unpleasant things that only get bigger and stronger in the dark, these secrets have a funny way of shrinking in the light of the truth. And as they get smaller, your stress and worry will fly away. There's never a better time to be honest with your partner and yourself and make a plan for dealing with your debts and your excess spending - together. I promise, you will not regret it."

On tuning in to your partner
"I think the place where good marriages break down is when one or both parties begin to take the other person for granted. And yet it's understandable that this happens. Life is complicated and can be exhausting, so there is always a temptation when you get home to just tune out, because home is one place where you should feel safe enough to let your guard down this way. But there's a difference between relaxing and disengaging, and while relaxing is a healthy way to recharge your psychic and spiritual batteries, disengaging is a drain on you and your relationships. Nothing is more important than that you recognize the difference and stay present for all the people you love."

On bringing up the past
"The most important lesson I can teach you from our happy marriage is that we did not rehash. If something was unpleasant, we got through it, handled the fallout, and did not bring it up again in happy times. So we both knew that once a problem was solved, that was it - we would not have to answer for it again, at least not in its current form. And knowing this, we could give all our attention to fixing the problems that came along, because once they were fixed, we could forget about them, which is a very wonderful feeling."

On controlling your anger
"Have you ever noticed that you can't spell dangerous without anger? I'm no linguist, but I don't think that's a coincidence. When you're ready to blow, you might say anything hurtful, things you would normally spare the person you love from hearing. Don't say something you'll regret forever. Don't give your partner an excuse to come back to you with his or her own resentments. Instead, find a way to get your anger under control. For myself, I simply run through my mind a short movie of how foolishly I have been acting. You may have better luck singing a silly song, or patting your head while rubbing your tummy, or doing whatever little trick helps bring you outside of yourself long enough to regain control."

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Nobody: 11:01am On Feb 17, 2013
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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by gree-die(f): 11:43am On Feb 17, 2013
good one
 
 
Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by tiwasiaife(m): 1:59pm On Feb 17, 2013
I wil do less of these but i assure u my marriage will last more than this. And my secret will be jesus christ and virgin mary.

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by True2myself24(f): 2:13pm On Feb 17, 2013
very nice
Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Adikam: 2:15pm On Feb 17, 2013
Nice one bt No be for 9ja gals
Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by orgasticdance: 2:17pm On Feb 17, 2013
staying alive long enough to be either married or unmarried is the only thing
Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by dammytosh: 2:17pm On Feb 17, 2013
Hmmm. Words of wisdom from those who have gone through it. Not some gymnastic pastor jumping up and down teaching us experience from 3 years marriage.

One reasonable post i av seen on Nairaland in recent times. @ogugua88. I love u dear.

tiwasiaife: I wil do less of these but i assure u my marriage will last more than this. And my secret will be jesus christ and virgin mary.

Lol. Wetin concern virgin mary with this ?

If u want to go extremely spiritual, it is better u dnt marry at all or why do u think Reverend Fathers and Sisters are not allowed to marry ?


Marriage is as practical as spiritual as it sounds. So try to be balanced bro.

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Nobody: 2:18pm On Feb 17, 2013
This na nonesense talk partaining to NIGERIAN BABES na
Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by a1solution: 2:21pm On Feb 17, 2013
There is no formula to success or marriage, act according to the present situation you find urself.

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by kinky90(f): 2:21pm On Feb 17, 2013
Good one can't wait to practice
Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by dammytosh: 2:21pm On Feb 17, 2013
mikeyhernadez: This na nonesense talk partaining to NIGERIAN BABES na

Adikam: Nice one bt No be for 9ja gals

Read again. It is not meant for BOYS and GALS or GUYS and BABE.

It is a word of wisdom for HUSBAND and WIFE ok ?

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by True2myself24(f): 2:22pm On Feb 17, 2013
a1solution: There is no formula to success or marriage, act according to the present situation you find urself.

mmm thats also true

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Asis(m): 2:24pm On Feb 17, 2013
This is gud
Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by milky@(f): 2:28pm On Feb 17, 2013
Ok Ma i 'll write them in my memorianda
Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by dammytosh: 2:28pm On Feb 17, 2013
a1solution: There is no formula to success or marriage, act according to the present situation you find urself.

I share ur sentiments but some points here will save u some unnecessary problem. I advise u read and digest the piece and relate it with any relationship u av being into.

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Hon. SuQ Ma'DIQ(m): 2:29pm On Feb 17, 2013
The book is for chics and sissies. My wife knows me better. Make any silly move and i wil shop for wife number 2. Big boys don't read, and their wives worship them too, PERIOD!
Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Nobody: 2:32pm On Feb 17, 2013
mikeyhernadez: This na nonesense talk partaining to NIGERIAN BABES na
Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by siaco(m): 2:35pm On Feb 17, 2013
Oh! What a thread, it has relieved me of my present predicament. God help me 2 have a very long happy married life in CHRIST JESUS Amen!

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Nobody: 2:35pm On Feb 17, 2013
Adikam: Nice one bt No be for 9ja gals

NAIJA BABES WILL WEAR U OUT . U WILL DISCARD ALL 9 POINTS AND SUBSTITUTE IT WITH 1 POINT, A PRAYER ; GOD C ME THROUGH THIS SAFELY.

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Tafee: 2:37pm On Feb 17, 2013
naija okro gals una don hear correct manners abi so behave well
Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by wonderiyke: 2:47pm On Feb 17, 2013
Very nice and practical nuggets!And the best thing I've read here in months.Welldone poster for sharing.

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by brosss: 2:54pm On Feb 17, 2013
Number 1 definitely scores the point............ I for one know, the more lo<3e you make to your wife/husband, reduces your libido for away games...... Like I said, wife/husband...not guys/babes.
Don't know if anyone have tried this but I discovered that sex could be very great after quarels with your spouse. Don't give a cleu, in d middle of the quarel, grab ur spouse like ur life depends on it and hit the point without mercy....
HmmmM..... wink

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by SELFWORTH: 2:55pm On Feb 17, 2013
One of the best post on NL.

The summary of her advice is that ALWAYS be the first for one another.

Always put your spouse needs before yours. Its what many mothers do and that's why we love them so much that even a few slaps here and there from mummy whilst growing up NEVER dents our love for them. It's the key to any successful marriage and many people do it during courtship but forget about it once they are married.

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by SELFWORTH: 3:02pm On Feb 17, 2013
wonderiyke: Very nice and practical nuggets!And the best thing I've read here in months.Welldone poster for sharing.

True talk .

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by SELFWORTH: 3:05pm On Feb 17, 2013
Babzilla:

NAIJA BABES WILL WEAR U OUT ..

Of course , naija babes will frustrate you becos they are 'babes' .

These advice is meant for husband and wives. There is a big difference between a 'babe' and a wife.

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Temismith: 3:05pm On Feb 17, 2013
waow! I love dis. God bless dis woman. She is absolutly correct!

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Ada Nri1(f): 3:08pm On Feb 17, 2013
mikeyhernadez: This na nonesense talk partaining to NIGERIAN BABES na
Adikam: Nice one bt No be for 9ja gals
all the people screaming its not for Nigerian girls, don't you hav sisters? Or are you not Nigerians? Learn to judge people individually, please.

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Wendyphil(f): 3:11pm On Feb 17, 2013
Tnx 4 sharing swerriie,wil store dis in my memory unit.

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Re: 9 Secrets From A 73-year Marriage by Damitism(m): 3:19pm On Feb 17, 2013
Wonderful! Thanks.

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