NEW HYDE PARK, NY (CBSNewYork) – What are the keys to a successful marriage?

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

“There’s gotta be great chemistry between people. You have to learn how to compromise within a relationship. You gotta be able to communicate appropriately,” said 85-year-old Grace Lewis.

She’s been married for 54 years and is among those contributing her love story to a new book called “I Do.”

“A commitment to relationship. If you want the relationship to last you have to listen carefully,” she told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

Nothing worthwhile is easy, according to 87-year-old Marion Glassaroe, who has been married for 63 years.

“It takes work,” she said. “It’s work. It’s a job.”

But it’s a job she says pays dividends in love and happiness.

She says you have to be able, and willing, to work through the difficult times.

“And you have to pick yourself up and start over again. And you do that on a pretty regular basis,” she said.

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