On his fiftieth wedding anniversary, Henry Ford was asked: "What is the formula for a good marriage?" His sage advice? "The same as for a successful car -- stick to one model." If you haven't made it to your fiftieth anniversary yet, then marriage experts Claudia and David Arp -- founders of Marriage Alive! -- want to encourage you to take Henry Ford's advice and stick to one model.
Over the years as we have observed marriages that made it to fifty, we've seen two important ingredients.
One is commitment. For these couples, divorce was never an option, so when problems came along, they had to work them out.
The second thing we observed is they valued their friendship. They worked at staying close. They were soul mates as well as lovers.
The marriage "game"
We laugh, but let's remember, marriage is a permanent game. If you want to win, never throw in your hand! Why not affirm your commitment to your mate today?