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?


THE WINNER: Lower the lights in the bedroom a little more each year
Louise Orozco, Keokuk, Iowa

SECOND PLACE: Always greet your spouse like your dog greets you
Mike Fleice, El Granada, Calif.

THIRD PLACE: Let me check with my wife and get back to you
Jeff Myers, Naples, Fla.


Have incontrovertible evidence of mutual complicity in a capital crime
Carl Jack Gugel, Delray Beach Fla.

Make sure your betrothed’s surname isn’t Kardashian
Ashley Engemann, Cary, N.C.

Gradual hearing loss
Gregg Franzwa, Fort Worth, Texas

Each having their own subscription to The Week
Wayne Pierce, West Hartford, Conn.

Always be the first to like her profile picture
Nick Carmona III, Baltimore, Md.

Flip a coin to see whose day it is to grovel
Bob Peffers, San Antonio, Texas

Estelle Du Bose, Scottsdale, Ariz.

It’s whatever she says is my No. 1 tip for couples to stay together
Christopher 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 roll
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, Va.

Separate bathrooms, separate bedrooms, separate houses
James Smith, Mill Valley, Calif.

Remember: The dog is your spouse’s to name, and yours to feed/walk/clean up after/take to the vet
Ken Kellam III, Dallas

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s ass
Charles Huber, Gettysburg, Pa.

Avoid reading David Brooks columns
Daniel Rafferty, Allston, Mass.