By Jenna Bagcal

In Hollywood, there are few married celebrity couples who stay together, and an increase in celebrity divorces and break-ups. With that thought in mind, it’s so refreshing to see Hollywood couples who are successful in their relationships and love, like Dolly Parton and her husband Carl Thomas Dean. In recent celebrity news from People.com, Parton, who has been married for 49 years, discusses her relationship and shares her love advice for a successful marriage. “They say that opposites attract, and it’s true,” the country crooner says. “We’re completely opposite, but that’s what makes it fun. I never know what he’s gonna say or do. He’s always surprising me.”

After 49 years of marriage, Dolly Parton has valuable love advice to share! How do you continually work on strengthening your marriage?

Cupid’s Advice: 

You have probably heard people say that marriage is hard work, and they are absolutely right! You and your partner must put in a conscious effort to have the best relationship and love life possible. Consider Cupid’s love advice for a long-lasting partnerships like this married celebrity couple:

1. Keep communication strong:  Communication is one of the most important factors in a healthy relationship, and the lack of it can be a couple’s downfall. Whether it’s telling your beau about the high and low points of your day or discussing an issue that you might have with the other person, communication helps to keep relationships strong and prevents unresolved issues from cropping up and creating resentment.

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2. Maintain the intimacy: After being in a relationship for a long time, you may be extremely comfortable with your partner, so much so that you forget about intimacy. However, keeping the passion  alive will help to ensure that your needs and the needs of your partner are being satisfied. Talk to each other about what you want, both in and out of the bedroom.

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3. Do something new: Keep your significant other on their toes by doing something out of character. You may have developed a routine that has gotten quite boring and stagnant over the years, especially if you’ve been married for a long time. Book a trip to an exotic place or just try a new foreign cuisine. Sharing these experiences will give you and your partner something to talk about and might even inspire you to participate in other things outside of your comfort zone.

What advice do you have for continually strengthening your relationship? Leave a comment!