Best Marriage Advice: What Makes it Work?

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What’s the key to a successful marriage?

Open communication? Common interests? A soul mate connection? Having someone ‘complete’ you?

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Nope. None of these things, according to some of our favorite celebrities.

Let’s take a look at some insightful celebrity quotes on the secrets of a successful marriage.

When asked about the best decision she’s ever made, Gwyneth Paltrow told Good Housekeeping “to marry my husband.”

Married to Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, for nearly 10 years, the Oscar winner has also admitted that their relationship has hit tough times.

“It’s hard being married,” Gwyneth shared. “You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We’re the same as any couple.”

The Iron Man star, 40, also recalled seeking advice from her late father.

“I asked my dad once, ‘How did you and Mum stay married for 33 years?’ And he said, ‘Well, we never wanted to get divorced at the same time.’ And I think that’s what happens,” Gwyneth said. “When two people throw in the towel at the same time, you break up, but if one person’s saying: ‘Come on, we can do this,’ you carry on. I’ve learned more about myself being married than anything else. I hate to say, ‘We’ve got it worked out,’ because you never know what’s going to happen, but we laugh, we’re good friends, we like to do the same stuff.”

Gwyneth and Chris are parents to two children: daughter Apple, 9, and 7-year-old son Moses.

Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy Pollan – who have been married for 25 years – are parents to son Sam, 24, twins Aquinnah and Schuyler, 18, and 11-year-old daughter Esmé.

How have they kept their romance alive after all these years and the chaos of raising four children?

“The key to our marriage is the capacity to give each other a break,” the Family Ties alum, 52, said. “And to realize that it’s not how our similarities work together; it’s how our differences work together.”

And we love the advice he gave during an 2009 interview on how they really keep the flame burning.

“Here’s the thing with Tracy and me: We like focusing more on the comedy and less on the drama. The secret to a good marriage, as far as I am concerned, is a joke I make: Keep the fights clean and the sex dirty,” Michael shared.”

Rockstar Pink features her husband of seven years, motocross racer Carey Hart, and their adorable 2-year-old daughter Willow in her new music video, True Love.

Released on Sunday, the single portrays Pink’s perfectly imperfect relationship with her motocross racer hubby.

“Sometimes I want to slap you,” Pink sings. But “I know life would suck without you.”

Check out the cute video, where the popstar even calls her beloved hubby an “a–hole!”

In the song, Pink asks her husband for more romance, yet says she still loves him for who he is.

Sound familiar, ladies?

After a separation, Pink and Carey got back together before having Willow.

“We still have our moments, but that’s normal,” Pink has admitted. “We both come from families affected by divorce, so we have vowed to do things differently.”

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Editor’s Note:

I can relate to all of the advice and words of wisdom above.

As for my own marriage, we will be celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary in August. We’ve definitely had our ups and downs over the past decade, with the arrival of our three children and the crazy chaos that ensues. And not to mention our huge mortgage!

My marriage has not been perfect by any stretch of the imagination. And during the hard times, my husband has repeatedly said to me, “We are never breaking up.”

I must admit, those repeated words, and his devotion to me and the children has proven a lot to me over the years. And, like Gwyneth, I have learned more about myself while married than any other time in my life.

Marriage is a constant work in progress, and I don’t believe I have the wisdom to dole out any advice just yet. But I will say, don’t let things ‘stew’ or boil up inside. Openly communicate your feelings with your partner before resentment or anger takes on a heartbeat of its own.

And try to laugh at life, and yourself, as much as possible.

What’s the best marriage advice you’ve ever heard? Do you care to share any marriage confessionals in our ‘Confessions‘ category?

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