What is the secret to a long lasting marriage?

I was contacted about this project that Match Affinity are involved with called Going The Distance. Basically, recently married Mike and Alanna have been filming a documentary as they search for the secret to a long lasting relationship. The first part of their quest takes them from Alaska to Argentina and they meet with everyone from Eskimos to Nobel Peace Prizewinners. This is a taster of what is to come when they come home to the UK and ask the Brits for their advice.

I really thought this was a lovely advert and loved the idea of undertaking the journey on a motorbike and sidecar. The advice of some of the people interviewed was genuine. The people who suggested ‘be kind, be humble, be strong’ and to ‘honour each others individuality’ really made me think. Take a look below, it’s really nicely filmed by the people behind the Jamie Oliver programmes. Lots of sweeping landscapes, amazing shots of people and some real heartfelt advice.

So what is the secret to a long lasting marriage? I cant provide that answer as I haven’t been married for all that long (6 years). However, in that time we have had very few arguments and have been happy. Why? Well, I think it helps that we were friends before we started going out. We met at school together when we were both 14, so we have known each other for over 21 years. I respect my husband as an individual and I respect his opinions. I also pick my moments and weigh up the pros and cons of fighting over everything that really irritates me. He is the male equivalent of Imelda Marcos as far as shoes go. I also know what winds him up and try very hard to avoid doing or saying things that will set him off. I go to bed every night feeling secure in our relationship and amazed that we realised that we were right for each other. With a little bit of help from our friends.

I liked this campaign as it got me thinking about something that I haven’t really thought about in depth but is so critical for personal happiness. I should also say that at least two of my friends have actually met their future spouses on the Internet so if you know anyone who is looking for love the why not encourage them to have a little look at Match Affinity. I cant wait to see the next installment and hear sage words of advice from across the UK! Have a look at their website here.

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1 Response

  1. Anonymous 10th December 2010 / 11:15 am

    This is a great campaign and a brilliant post – well done!

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