COLUMBIA — There are plenty of relationship experts, counselors and magazine articles out there offering advice about love — especially around Valentine's Day.
At the Missourian, we decided to bypass the science, stats and "expert" opinions behind what makes relationships work and instead talk to the real experts — those who have actually done it.
After interviewing 10 residents with more than 400 combined years of marriage among them, we've compiled a list of the 10 tips they shared. We hope the advice is useful no matter what your relationship status.
Consider it our Valentine's Day gift to you.
- Take a canoe trip together.
- Divide the labor.
- Leave work at work.
- Balance each other out.
- Encourage each other's talents.
- Don't rush into a relationship.
- Show kindness to everyone.
- Be prepared to work hard.
- Demonstrate compassion.
- Love like crazy.
Feel like giving back? Share your own advice. What lessons on love have you learned? Share them in the comment section below the story.