6 relationship lessons we can learn from celebrity couples

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1. Communication is key

Meryl Streep has enjoyed over 35 years of marriage with sculptor Don Gummer, and is still going strong. Her best advice? “You have to talk about all the issues that arise, even the smallest things. You have to listen to your partner’s problems, suggestions and advice, and accept that you’re not always right. Conversation is the key to a successful marriage,” she told New Zealand Women’s Weekly.

2. You don’t have to showcase your relationship to be happy

We all have that Facebook friend who loves to update everyone on every aspect of their relationship. While we may be tempted to play into this social game, there is simply no need to prove to anyone except you and your partner, about how great your relationship is. Sarah Jessica Parker and husband of over 15 years, Mathew Broderick, are known for keeping their marriage very quiet, which is clearly working for them. Even in the new social-network crazed age, it’s sometimes nice to enjoy special moments with your partner privately.

3. Don’t lose gratitude for your partner

It’s easy to take your partner for granted after settling down into a committed relationship together. Never forget what made that initial spark between you and why you fell in love with them. After recently celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, we think it’s worth listening to Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s advice. Tom has said that there’s “no secrets, it’s about winning the lottery. . . I’m sticking with her.” Always remind yourself and your partner what you love about them and why you’re so lucky to have them in your life.

4. Embrace your differences

While some couples might be more compatible than others, there are no two people exactly the same who will agree on everything. Relationships need variation, and couples in healthy relationships enrich each other’s lives by challenging their ideas and bringing their own thoughts and experiences to the table. Celebrity couple, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have been together for over 30 years. Goldie has said: “Relationships are always challenging . . . but it really is about, ‘What are your core values? What are the things that matter to you?’ Kurt’s quite different in many ways to what I am, and vice versa, but we want the same things out of life and so it’s been an incredible ride with him.” It’s a matter of accepting each other’s differences, but being in harmony when it comes to life goals and core values.

5. Keep being passionate

It’s easy to lose sight of who you were and what your passion was before you met your partner. But it’s important to have your own ambitions and independence in order to have a strong relationship. Ali Hewson, who is married to U2’s Bono, didn’t drop everything to be a rock star’s wife, but instead has launched her own fashion line and has been involved with various charities.

6. Learn from each other

Last but certainly not least, President Barack Obama and wife Michelle have openly spoke about their marriage on a number of occasions. Being arguably the most famous and powerful couple in the world, even they have to constantly work at their relationship. Michelle says that she’s learned from her husband, “the ability to not get too high or too low with changes and bumps in the road . . . to let go and enjoy it.” Barack has added, “And what Michelle has done is to remind me every day of the virtues of order. . . I think what we’ve learned from each other is that sense of balance.”


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