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The Week contest — Marriage advice

What's your No. 1 tip for couples to stay together?

Last week’s contest: New York Times columnist David Brooks recently discussed advice for a long marriage. Among the tips: It’s okay to go to bed mad, as everything will be better in the morning with some pancakes, and brag about your spouse in public and let them hear it. What’s your No. 1 tip for a long marriage?

RESULTS:

THE WINNER: Lower the lights in the bedroom a little more each yearLouise Orozco, Keokuk, IowaSECOND PLACE: Always greet your spouse like your dog greets youMike Fleice, El Granada, Calif.THIRD PLACE: Let me check with my wife and get back to youJeff Myers, Naples, Fla.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Have incontrovertible evidence of mutual complicity in a capital crimeCarl Jack Gugel, Delray Beach Fla.Make sure your betrothed’s surname isn’t KardashianAshley Engemann, Cary, N.C. Gradual hearing lossGregg Franzwa, Fort Worth, Texas Each having their own subscription to The WeekWayne Pierce, West Hartford, Conn.Always be the first to like her profile pictureNick Carmona III, Baltimore, Md.Flip a coin to see whose day it is to grovelBob Peffers, San Antonio, TexasProcrastinationEstelle Du Bose, Scottsdale, Ariz.It’s whatever she says is my No. 1 tip for couples to stay togetherChristopher G. Monley, Redford, Mich.A strong pre-nup. What’s her is hers. What’s ours is hers. What’s mine is hers.Charles M. Coleman, Jr., Wilmington, N.C.Never discuss whether toilet paper should go over or under the rollJeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, Va.Separate bathrooms, separate bedrooms, separate housesJames Smith, Mill Valley, Calif.Remember: The dog is your spouse’s to name, and yours to feed/walk/clean up after/take to the vetKen Kellam III, DallasThou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s assCharles Huber, Gettysburg, Pa.Avoid reading David Brooks columnsDaniel Rafferty, Allston, Mass.

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