Couples Married Over 50 Years Share Their Stories Of Enduring Love

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.

What’s your secret to a successful marriage? Share it in the comments section below!

  • Bklyn mom

    Communication is key. It is a two way street. You have to listen and hear what the other person is saying, but you also have to tell them what you want and if something is bothering you. Many people keep that inside and expect the other person to “guess”. You have to respect each other and work toward a common goal. And I agree with Susan – don’t jump into marriage with the thought that it can be so easy to get out of it as soon as things don’t go perfectly your way. You need love, you need commitment and you have to work through the tough parts together.

  • susan

    years ago people didnt marry at the drop of a hat and divorce 6 months seems like now the vows should say “until divorce or disagreement do us part”..people also didnt used to sign prenuptual agreements, which in itself indicates you dont trust the other person….mutual respect,sharing,compassion,being able to listen and to care and work on problems together count for more than parents (both deceased) were married more than 65 years..

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