Holiday Centenarians’ advice on love and marriage
Love and marriage, as sung by Frank Sinatra, who would almost be a centenarian if he were alive today, go together like a horse and carriage. But horses and carriages are both metaphorically and literally scarcer by the year.
In 1910, nearly 80 percent of households contained a married couple. That continued through 1950, when the number plummeted to 74 percent (in 1965), en route to 64 percent (in 1977), and then 56 percent (in 1989).1
Holiday recently polled its resident centenarians. They have seen not only rising divorce rates, but also radical changes in the national conversation on gay marriage and in the ways that the family unit operates. Musicals still celebrate love, but the songs are quite different today than they were when Broadway was beginning to become the theatrical hub it now represents, as the centenarians were coming of age.
So what advice do 100-year-olds have for young married couples today? Here are the most popular responses:
Make a stronger effort to communicate
- This should come as no surprise considering that communication has been attributed to the success (and failure) of many relationships.
Spend more time together
- Video chats, texting and email are all modern day conveniences, but centenarians think they’re as significant as face-to-face time.
Say “I love you” more often
- Sweet nothings shouldn’t be reserved for Valentine’s Day and anniversaries. Holiday centenarians agree that these three little words go a long way.
For more advice from resident centenarians, read the full report or visit http://www.100yearsofwisdom.com/
1. Wetzel, James R. (1990, March). Monthly Labor Review. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/mlr/1990/03/art1full.pdf