3 Relationship Secrets From A Couple That's Been Married 82 Years

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When asked about their secrets to success, Rafaela and Nicholas had just three: respect, affection, and not sweating the small stuff.

Whether you're 27 or 72, your relationships are a defining element of your identity and your life. Learning how to foster nurturing, enriching relationships in the longterm — friendships, family bonds, and romantic relationships — is a lifelong pursuit. And it's a pursuit that a certain Californian couple can teach us a few things about.

Nicholas and Rafaela Ordaz married when Nicholas was 20. This past week, they celebrated his 102nd birthday, and the couple's 82nd anniversary. Contenders for the longest marriage ever recorded, the Californian couple held their double celebration surrounded by children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even great-great-grandchildren. When asked about their secrets to success, Rafaela and Nicholas had just three: respect, affection, and not sweating the small stuff.

It sounds simple, but to carry out these commitments on a daily basis is anything but easy. From where we sit, though, it seems like turning these priorities into daily practices might just transform the relationships we value most. Why not give it a try?

h/t U.S. News

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