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The Secrets of a Happy Marriage?

April 24, 2018

I was listening to the 60s channel on Sirius while driving today and they were honoring the institution of marriage. It seems that psychologists are looking for the reasons why couples seem to grow closer after they hit the 20-year mark. I can’t believe they need a study for this as I think the reason is clear.  See if you agree by taking my short scientific quiz:

My spouse and I are married more than 20 years and we believe the reason for our enduring happiness together is:

  • We communicate with each other paying special attention to each other’s moods and emotional needs.
  • We understand the complexities of what it means to be part of the special union known as marriage.
  • The kids are gone

Donna Cavanagh

Donna Cavanagh is founder of (HO) and the partner publishing company, HumorOutcasts Press which now includes the labels Shorehouse Books and Corner Office Books ( As "den mother" to the more than 100 aspiring and accomplished writers, producers, comics and authors, Cavanagh's goal is to allow creativity to flow. She is a former journalist who made an unscheduled stop into humor more than 20 years ago. Her syndicated columns helped her gain a national audience when her work landed in the pages of First Magazine and USA Today. She teaches the how-to lessons of humor and publishing at conferences and workshops throughout the country including The Philadelphia Writers' Conference and Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. The author of four humor books, Cavanagh hopes her latest book, How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans, will encourage writers not only to embrace their humor talents but show them off as well.

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5 Responses to The Secrets of a Happy Marriage?

  1. Bill Y "The Legendary Legend" Ledden
    April 29, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Pro Tip: Imaginary kids leave home when you want them to leave home!

  2. April 27, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Wait … Are you saying the kids actually leave? Why didn’t I get the memo? This could indeed be life changing!!!

  3. Bill Spencer
    April 26, 2018 at 7:10 am

    I understand that the phrase “plight one’s troth” refers to becoming engaged to be married. I don’t know what a troth is, but I think many people do understand the significance of “plight.”

  4. April 26, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Hahaha! Your scientific quiz is right on, Donna. If couples can just hang in there until the kids are gone, they will make it!

  5. April 24, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    I agree. We’ve gotten to almost 50 years and still together. I like to say, 8 years of wedded bliss, not necessarily consecutive. 😉

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