After being married for 75 years, Morrie and Betty Markoff definitely know a little about keeping a marriage fresh and lasting. The secret you may ask? Communication.
After meeting at a wedding in Los Angeles, the couple ended up tying the knot in 1938 and have been madly in love, from that time onward. They’ve since commemorated their diamond anniversary on Nov. 4th in Downtown L.A., Downtown News reports.
After years of experience, 99-year-old Morrie and 97-year-old Betty have found that marriage isn’t a walk in the park. “Relationships are difficult,” Betty said, but revealed her own secret for making it last up until now.
One of their many rewards? Two children, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and countless memories accompany them.
The wise words of Betty have since been backed up by science. Arthur Aron, Psychologist out of Stonybrook University told the New York Times in 2010 that “the things that make a marriage last have more to do with communication skills, mental health, social support, stress — those are the things that allow it to last or not.”
Even John Gottman, a relationship psychologist, agrees. In a Psychology Today article titled “What Makes Marriage Work,” Gottman brings out the importance of communication and how it contributes to a long lasting marriage, even if it sometimes means arguing.
Betty seems to be way too familiar with it, telling Downtown News that although she may not always agree with Morrie, she makes it a habit to always listen to what he has to say. After 75 years of wedding anniversaries, the approach seems to be working just fine.
Click over to Downtown News for more on their story, then check out other couples below who make a case for “till death do us part.”