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Happily Ever After! 22 Non-Experts Offer Their Expert Marriage Advice

By Meredith Carroll |

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Love and happy marriage mean different things to different people

Everyone’s an expert, right? Just ask them.

We here at Babble are no exception. And you don’t even have to ask us. You can just hit “REFRESH” and there we are — again — with yet more ways to do something. Anything, really. Particularly when it comes to something in a house, on the news, with a kid, simmering on a stove, while disposing of a cloth diaper. (That last one was a trick, by the way! You don’t dispose of cloth diapers! See! We told you something again!)

Because we’re so smart and expert-y, you don’t need to tell us that being married is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. Even the good relationships require tons of elbow grease. Some marriages work in ways that others never could. But sometimes a little marriage tip from a friend might help make yours a little better.

So here are 22 of us — some of your friends right here at Babble — with what we think is good marriage advice. Hopefully it’ll help you or someone you know. And if you have some good marriage advice for us, we’d love to hear it in the comment section below. (Because as much as we know, we don’t really know everything. Duh.)

 

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Who better to give marriage advice than . . . people who are or were married

Going to Bed + Angry = Good

“Go to bed angry, no matter what the ‘experts’ say. It's better to take a break from the disagreement to get good rest and a good breakfast. That way I'm ready to face the challenge with a clearer head the next day rather than fighting in pure exhaustion at 3 a.m., when I'm more likely to say something that I really don't mean.”
- Beth Anne Balance
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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “Happily Ever After! 22 Non-Experts Offer Their Expert Marriage Advice

  1. julia guilbeau gachassin. says:

    Both show love and respect with action ,not just by words. Never go to sleep without saying you are sorry, even though you know you’re right. When upset, think hard before you open your mouth, words cannot be taken back.Put your husband first,even before your children.I’m not the one that coined this,our Bible tells us to. Marriage has to be worked with everyday,never leave and stones unturned. [communication] ! I was married for almost 37 years,was not easy, until he died.
    I am hoping this will help at least one Marriage and do not forget to thank God every day for letting you have a good Marriage.

  2. julia guilbeau gachassin. says:

    Both show love and respect with action ,not just by words. Never go to sleep without saying you are sorry, even though you know you’re right. When upset, think hard before you open your mouth, words cannot be taken back.Put your husband first,even before your children.I’m not the one that coined this,our Bible tells us to. Marriage has to be worked with everyday,never leave and stones unturned. [communication] ! I was married for almost 37 years,was not easy, until he died.
    I am hoping this will help at least one Marriage and do not forget to thank God every day for letting you have a good Marriage. thank you. ,

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