What makes for a good, lasting marriage? I can’t speak for everyone, and I don’t believe there’s just one magical thing. But my husband and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary, and I can share something that’s helped us: We’ve learned how to express our emotions in ways that are meaningful to each other. We’re fluent in each other’s “love language,” as Gary Chapman, PhD, would say.

You might know of Chapman’s bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages. My husband and I put it to the test 11 years ago, and I wrote about it for WebMD. As our marriage…


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