Relationships are not always easy. Probably almost everyone reading this has experienced their fair share of relationship struggles whether they're currently in one or not. That's just what happens when you take two lives and attempt to merge them into one.
Even the couples that look the happiest have had to deal with lots of difficult times to get where they are and they know that there will be more in the future. But that doesn't mean that they regret for a second joining their lives to the other person. Because even if there's downs they know there's just as many ups that they will enjoy every minute of.
If we look to celebrities we see tons of healthy, long lasting relationships that we can look up to and model our own relationships after. In the following pages you can read all about the secrets of highly successful couples like the rules they follow, spending time together, dealing with tough times, keeping the love alive and strengthening their bonds.
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Matt Damon & Luciana Barroso
The famous actor Matt Damon is known for his many successful movies, but he has also been in a highly successful marriage for over 10 years now. This couples has a rule that they will never be apart for more than 2 weeks. With their busy lives this rule is definitely necessary to keep their happy marriage alive.
John Travolta & Kelly Preston
This couple has gone through some seriously tough times when they lost their 16 year old son back in 2009. But they found a way to get through the tragic loss together and have made it through 26 years of marriage. Travolta's main rule is to make lists, writing down anything that comes up throughout the day that bothers them and then making time to discuss them together.
Beyonce & Jay-Z
We all know that Beyonce and Jay-Z have had their ups and downs in their relationship, especially in the recent years. But this couple has been going strong since Beyonce was just 19 years old! She says that they talked for a year and a half before they started dating because a foundation like that is key to their relationship. Having someone that knows you so deeply from the start is so important in a relationship in Beyonce's eyes.
Doutzen Kroes & Sunnery James
Doutzen is a famous Victoria's Secret model and her husband of almost 8 years is a successful Dutch DJ. They have two children together and know the struggle of balancing a family and travelling careers. Their rule is to always schedule time together. They make sure they don't spend too many days apart but plan fun things to do together once they're back together ago for something to look forward to.
Michelle & Barack Obama
Michelle and Barack Obama were in the spotlight 8 years while he was the acting President Of The United States. It was a tough job but their marriage prevailed because their one rule is to know that a marriage is also a job, it's hard work. But their secret is to never give up on it no matter how hard it gets but be prepared for the work from the start.
Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have also had their relationship troubles and all of it has been presented to the public since their family has always been in the spotlight. Jada believes that you shouldn't work on the marriage but work on yourselves individually and then come together again. Will says both him and Jada are not quitters and will always be fighting for their relationship to work.
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Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
These two have been married for 11 years now and they love each other just as much as they did when they were just dating. They show that their secret to a healthy and long-lasting relationship is just loving each other as much as possible. Then it will see like the time is just flying by.
Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick
This adorable celebrity couple have almost reached their 20th marriage anniversary and are parents to 3 children. They say that the key to their happy marriage is honouring their friendship first and always talking. They say that too much silence is never a good idea in a relationship.
Alyson Hannigan & Alexis Denisof
This successful Hollywood couple have made it through almost 15 years of marriage. Alyson says the secret to staying in a happy relationship is knowing that you're best friends first and never spending more than 2 or 3 weeks apart from each other.
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been married for over 28 years and is still going stronger than ever. The key to their relationship is always communicating even if they aren't together. She says that he'll leave her notes around the house, send her pictures of things he's doing during the day and always talks to her about his day.
Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan
Being a major tech tycoon, Zuckerberg is obviously a very busy man. To make sure they spent enough time together when she originally moved out to Palo Alto to be with him, he drew up a contract where he promised to take her on a date once a week and 100 minutes of alone time each week with her.
Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan
As famous celebrities in the spotlight, this couple knows the struggle of being in the public eye and always travelling for work. That's why they always check in with each other to make sure the other person is happy. Channing says he'll ask her on a scale of 1 to 10 how much she loves him right now. Sometimes it's good and sometimes it's bad but honesty is always what gets them through anything.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr.
When this couple started dating no one thought the relationship would last. Howard Stern even made a bet with Freddie in 2001 saying that they wouldn't last 10 years together. Now, 13 years later they have 2 kids and are happier than ever. Sarah says that she doesn't know the secret but that it takes a lot of hard work and nurturing to keep a relationship alive.
Meryl Streep & Don Gummer
This successful Hollywood couple have been married for almost 40 years now! They have 3 daughters that are also successful and know the trials that a marriage has to go through to last as long as theirs has. After Meryl's boyfriend died of cancer in 1978, Don was there supporting her through those tough times. After they married she said that the key to their successful relationship was through listening to each other and always discussing the little problems that come up.
Time McGraw & Faith Hill
This celebrity couple have been married for 18 years now and they know a thing or two about dealing with the tough times in their relationships as well as the good. They say that they're walking this life together and they know there will be ups and downs along the way. Having a good time and laughing together is so important because life is short.
Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy
She starred in the popular TV show Desperate Housewives and he's currently starring in the hit show Shameless and they've been married for 20 years now. He says the secret is to sometimes fake it if you're not feeling it because eventually you'll feel it again.
Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds
These two are very public about how happy they are in their marriage to one another. They both a super successful in their acting careers but they prioritize their family. They take turns working so that they can always spend time together as a family. They never spend more than a day away from each other at a time.
Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard
These two comedians and successful actors have had their fair share of tough times in their marriage. At the beginning of their relationship they admit to attending couples therapy to work through disagreements and trust issues. This helped them to grow the healthy relationship that they have today.
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Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky
The star of Thor and other successful Hollywood movies says that life can get in the way but it's important to always schedule date night no matter how tired you are. Kids and work are always going to be important but even if it's only occasionally, date night is always necessary.
Eric & Jessie James Decker
Eric Decker, wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans football team and his wife Jessie James Decker a country singer say that the most important thing about keeping the romance alive is to continue flirting with each other. She says that men just want to feel like their woman loves and cares about them so she always makes sure to show this whenever he husband comes home.
Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler
Star of the famous reality show The Hills and quarterback for the Miami Dolphins football team know the struggle of keeping their marriage alive with distance. They say that missing each other is sometimes good for their relationship and it actually helps keep the spark going.
Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz
This musical duo have a good secret to keeping the spark alive in their marriage. She says that one of them will plan a date and keep it completely secret from the other. This way they're always doing something fun and exploring new things together.
Salma Hayek & Francois-Henri Pinault
Salma Hayek is a famous actress and her husband is a French billionaire, the CEO of Kering. Their schedules are obviously very busy but Salma says they love spending time together and will sacrifice their social lives to do so no problem.
Aaron Paul & Lauren Parsekian
Aaron Paul, famous for his role in the TV show Breaking Bad, and his wife Lauren, director and actress, say that the key to their marriage is never fighting. They don't fight but instead they prioritize communication because without it they believe their relationship would never last.
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Hugh Jackman & Deborah Lee Furness
This celebrity couple have been together for over two decades now and are still madly in love with each other. Hugh Jackman says that even at the Oscars he won't see anyone in his dressing room until he sees his wife. He says that she's his rock and the love of his love, which is the most important thing to him always.
Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake
These two have been in the celebrity spotlight for a while now, with him in the music business and her in movies and TV. Biel says that the key to their marriage is having similar values. They both know that sometimes they have to be a little selfish with their careers and their dreams and the fact that they both share that value is important in their relationship.
Leann Rimes & Eddie Cibrian
Leann Rimes is a famous singer and her husband Eddie is a well-known actor. These two say that the main secret to their happy marriage of over 5 years is respect. If you can maintain respect in a relationship you can ensure that it will last a very long time.
David & Victoria Beckham
We all know about the famous Beckham family and how their love has lasted all these years. They both don't give too much up about the secret to their 16 year marriage, David says it's trusting each other's judgement and that maintaining their relationship was pretty easy.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
These two are definitely not shy about sharing their lives with the public. Kim talking openly about what she thought made her relationship with Kanye so strong and it's the fact they're best friends. Kim says they openly communicate and know every last thing about the other person. That strong foundation is what keeps them so close.
Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
Chrissy and John have opened up about their struggles to the public and have never shied away from being honest about them. John explains that even with these difficulties in their marriage they always have to prioritize spending time and doing fun things together. He says it isn't very hard because he's married to such a fun and exciting woman already.