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Advice from 617 years of marriage

Trust, love, and dancing

What makes a good marriage? Since June is the big wedding month, I asked some of my friends who have been married a long time — 617 years, if you add them all together — for their smartest piece of marriage advice. (A note on methodology and math: When it came to friends in same-sex couples, we counted the number of years they’ve felt married.) Here’s what I got back:

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Do you have advice on how to maintain a good marriage? Tell us in the comments.

Joan Wickersham’s column appears regularly in the Globe. Her latest book is “The News From Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story.’’