Dec 5, 2011

What Makes a Marriage Successful?

About This Video

Kathy Bruner, nurse, wife, and mother, talks with us about the high calling of marriage. Her wonderful personality shines through in this video . . . one that makes us smile every time we watch it, because she shoots straight with no pretension. And yet, Kathy's simple advice for keeping marriages healthy is surprisingly practical. Whether you are married now or aspire to marry someday, Kathy's advice is something to carry with you. Her reflection about meaning and purpose is part of our new video series "60 Seconds to Signficance."

Transcript: We've been married 52 years. In many ways, it's a crapshoot. I am grateful to God, but I've got no magic to give you. Talking . . . talking . . . everything out on the table. Dale and I really have tried to say what it bugging us. Dale will want to say something to me that is critical, and I will, too soon, jump on Dale and say, "But, you don't understand, you don't realize." So, my tendency has been to want to put him down too quick. Let the other person talk without jumping in. Just give them a chance to say it and listen to them. Don't keep thinking about what you want to say in response, and that has helped a lot.

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