7 Ways to Save a Struggling Relationship

July 28, 2014 1:56 PM

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7 Ways to Save a Struggling Relationship

After her husband died, I watched my 80-year-old next door neighbor live out halfhearted days in quiet sobs. During one of my visits to her home, she confessed that she spent equal parts of her marriage frustrated as she did happy. "There were times when I wanted to pack my things and just leave him," she said as her eyes swelled with new tears, "but I never did."

My neighbor braved the typical (sometimes extreme) ups and downs of a relationship for a full 60 years. Her pride was not in that she had found a relationship, but in that she had kept it for so long. And the only secret to an everlasting marriage, she revealed, was this: "Hold your spouse closer to...

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