Scott County couple weighs in on making relationships last

Friday, February 14, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Johnson of Morley will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Feb. 20. This Valentine's Day, the Scott County couple took some time to discuss their thoughts on how to make marriage a lasting one. (Submitted photo)

MORLEY -- Regardless of one's budget this Valentine's day, they can likely afford one local couple's keys to a lasting relationship.

Donnie and Kay Johnson of Morley recently took time to discuss the strengths of their long and successful marriage. The couple will mark their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 20.

The secret, Mrs. Johnson said, is to learn to smile.

"Laughter is a big part of it," she said.

For Mrs. Johnson, communication is another marriage must.

"You've got to talk to each other," she said.

And faith is important, too, Johnson said.

"You have to have faith because you can't work things out on your own sometimes," he said.

Relationships are going to be filled with highs and lows, Johnson assured. What makes the difference is how people react them, he said.

"You've got to work through your ups and downs instead of throwing your hands up anytime a little trouble comes along," Johnson said. "We've had some pretty ups -- and downs. You've got to work through that and trust each other and grow with each other."

This Valentine's Day 54 percent of Americans will celebrate with their loved ones this year, compared to 60 percent in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation's Valentine's day spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics. The average person plans to spend $133.91 on candy, cards, gifts, dinner and more, up slightly from $130.97 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $17.3 billion.

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