The Secret To Lasting Love: Brooklyn couples share their tips

February 14, 2013 Associated Press
t’s Valentine’s Day. Let the kissing commence. AP photo by Kathy Willens
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Couples who’ve been married longer than 50 years and organizers of a Valentine’s Day champagne party for them in Brooklyn share tips for staying together.


COMPROMISE:

Murray and Esther Redlitz, married 66 years

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“You’ve got to know each other for a while and then compromise,” says Murray. “Think what the other thinks. Don’t be selfish.”

SHARE INTERESTS:

David and Faina Shamrakov, married 58 years

“We have the same interests — we worked together, we both like to read books, we go to the library, the cinema, the theater,” says Faina. “We do everything together.”

RESOLVE DISPUTES:

Fortunato and Maddalena Corso, married 72 years

“You don’t go to bed mad,” says the couple’s daughter, Madeline Corso, recalling her father’s advice. “That’s what he believes in.”

SPREAD HAPPINESS:

Marty and Jamie Markowitz, organizers of the party, married 13 years

“Here’s the secret: Happy wife, happy life. It’s as simple as that. That’s it,” says Marty. “There’s nothing more. … It’s as simple as that. It makes your life so much better if they’re happy.”


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