Get Your Relationship Advice From America's Longest Married Couple

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Get Your Relationship Advice From America's Longest Married Couple

If you're looking for the best marriage advice, then take it from a couple who has been married for 83 years!

John Betar fell in love with the girl next door more than 80 years ago, and this is when their story started.

The World War I refugee, who came to the U.S. from Syria as a child, fell in love with Ann Shawah as he drove her to high school each day.

The couple eloped more than 83 years ago, when he was 21 and she was only 17, and they've since had 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. 

John and Ann Betar were named the "longest married couple in the United States" back in 2014 by The Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

Now, the couple is teaming up with the cleaning service Handy to help younger couples enjoy lasting relationships like theirs.

The Betars hosted a Twitter conversation using the hashtag #longestlove, where they answered everyone's relationship questions.

Here's some of the best marriage advice they gave:

On how to survive arguments:

"We never hold grudges. Most arguments are about food." —John

"I say, 'Oh go do what you want.' Nine out of 10 times he doesn't!" —Ann

On how to know you've met your future spouse:

"You have to like a person before you love them. We were good friends." —Ann

On the best parts of being married:

"Seeing grandkids as adults. Great-grandchildren coming up, putting their little arms around you adds 10 to 15 years to your life." —Ann

"Joy from our children and family." —John

On keeping your love alive for this long:

"It’s a lifelong thing. How do you define love? Through actions, understanding, little things…He loves the whole world. He doesn’t think about disliking anybody. I don’t either." —Ann

"I wish I knew! It’s natural. An understanding." —John

Adapted From: Glamour