Even the happiest of couples can’t escape the rumor mill.  David Arquette told People that close friends sometimes believe gossip printed about himself and his wife, Courteney Cox Arquette.  “There’s nothing [wrong],” said Arquette.  “We have a really great, beautiful relationship.”  The couple celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Arquette admits that great marriages take work.  How can you maintain a happy marriage for the long haul?

Cupid’s Advice:

Simply realizing that a happy marriage needs work is half the battle.  The other half is carrying through by working on it with your partner.

1. Hash it out: Some couples shrink away from problems, but avoiding the issue won’t clear the air.  Get it out of your system and figure out a solution instead of letting the situation escalate into something bigger.

2. Do stuff together: And we don’t mean grocery shopping or the laundry.  Take each other out on dates, or simply go for a walk in the park.  Kick it up a notch and revisit old haunts from when you first started dating.  Staying active keeps the spark alive.

3. Also take time out for yourself: You’re still individuals with your own interests and desires.  Take time to pursue them, and share your experiences with each other when you’re together.