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Michelle Duggar Shares Her Best Secret to a Happy Marriage

800px-Jim_Bob_&_Michelle_DuggarMichelle Duggar is at it again. The celebrity mother of 19 is sharing her secrets on how she’s been able to keep her marriage both healthy and happy for the past 30 years with her husband, Jim Bob Duggar.

Her number one tip on how to keep things joyful? It wouldn’t be hard to believe (considering ALL the children she has), but Michelle says that women should say yes to sex, even when they’re at their wit’s end and exhausted.

Michelle shares with Today the advice a friend gave her before she got married: “She said, ‘In your marriage there will be times you’re going to be very exhausted. Your hubby comes home after a hard day’s work, you get the baby to bed, and he is going to be looking forward to that time [AKA: sex] with you. Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls.'”

Michelle goes on to say that during her early years of marriage, she never thought this would be a problem. However, she realized that exhaustion could get in the way of “being available,” so she’s made a conscious effort to follow her friend’s advice.

While I completely agree with the “exhaustion” part, do you think Michelle should be placing so much emphasis on a couple’s love life? It appears that both Michelle and her husband have no problem making happiness a priority in their marriage. “That’s key in a relationship, the husband needs to cherish his wife and always treat his wife like a queen,” Jim Bob says.

As we all know, marriage is definitely a two-way street in which both partners give and provide.

Another tip from the Duggars is to never stop learning. Michelle and Jim Bob recently met an Amish couple who’d celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and asked them their secret. Their answer? The phrases: “I was wrong” and “Will you forgive me?”

Who would have thought those two phrases could actually turn out to be the most powerful ones in a marriage, right?

Tell us Babble readers, what do you think of Michelle’s approach to keeping her marriage happy? Is it a yay or a nay for you?

Photo via TLC.com 

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