This North Carolina couple has been married for 82 years and recently shared their secrets to a long, happy, and successful marriage.
Although it feels as if fewer people are getting married as time goes on, it is still a process that most people on Earth will decide to undergo at least once in their lives. In the past, marrying someone was seen as committing to another person for life, unless you were Henry VIII. Nowadays, if a couple does decide to tie the knot, some statistics show that almost half of those marriages will end in divorce.
That still means more than half of marriages don't end in divorce, so let's view the glass as being half full rather than half empty. Even if you marry your one and only and stay together for life, chances are you won't have been married as long as Daniel and Willie Willimans.
Willie celebrated her 100th birthday recently, but that wasn't the only thing the couple and their family held a party for. Daniel had also recently turned 103, and the two of them were celebrating their 82nd wedding anniversary, reports Global News. They met back in 1937 and have lived through a World War, the great depression, and the civil rights movement together.
So what's the secret to such a long and happy marriage? Well, according to the couple's granddaughter, the key is that the two of them are best friends. She also added that communication, working together, and loving each other are also key to a marriage as long as theirs. When asked what they would do if they had another 100 years together, they simply answered sit around the house. Just goes to show that enjoying each other's company is also incredibly important when it comes to a long-term relationship.
If you're like us, you might have assumed that Daniel and Willie's marriage is a record-breaking one, but apparently not. They're close, though. As it turns out, that record was set back in 2008 and currently stands at 84 years. Should the Williams's live to be 105 and 102 respectively, then they might well become the world record holders for the longest ever marriage.