- The world's longest married couple shares their advice on a happy mariage
- The couple fell in love during the late 1920's and ran away together to New York
- They offer straight forward practical advice
John and Ann Betar have been married for longer than most people live. Their marriage has stood the test of time. The two fell in love during the Great Depression in America during the last 1920's.
At the time Ann was 17 and she eloped with John to New York in order to start their lives together and have been happily married ever since.
Briefly.co.za learned that Ann's father has planned on her marrying a man twenty years older than her but she refused and followed her heart.
With 83 years behind the couple, she is convinced that she made the right choice. In 2013 the Betar's were declared the longest married couple in the world by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter according to inspiremore.com.
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Due to their experience, many believe that the couple holds the secret to a happy marriage and can dole out plenty of advice to young couples.
Despite finding social media challenging Ann and John have given out their advice of the heart on Valentine's Day in 2016 with the help of a company which would collect the questions and tweet out the Betar's answers.
One of Ann's most important pieces of advice was on the tendency of some people trying to change their partner.
“If you’re going to marry somebody and think you can change them you’re crazy. You can’t. Don’t think you can.”
She says that those character traits is what makes individuals successful.
John's advice was less articulate.
“I love that woman. That’s all.”
Their advice to couples is that the secret to a happy marriage is that both partners must devote themselves to each other, to voice disagreements openly and to accept each other unconditionally.
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