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These Centenarians Hold the Key to a Long-lasting Marriage

June and Hubert Malicote are couple goals with a marriage of 79+ years.

When it comes to successful relationships, it's clear centenarians June and Hubert Malicote hold the key to a long-lasting marriage. As a matter of fact, according to The Washington Post, they said their "I do's" back in 1943 in their young 20s. Their secret to a successful 79+ years of marriage? Well, you'll just have to keep reading to learn more!

Centenarians June and Hubert Malicote never argue.

older couple cuddling on bench, demonstrating key to long-lasting marriage

The key to a long-lasting marriage, according to these centenarians? They never argue, and their daughter Jo attests to it! Of course, everyone has little disagreements every now and then, but June and Hubert actively try to "never criticize each other," Hubert says. He adds, "Whenever she smiled, all of those problems would go away" (via The Washington Post).

The Ohio lovebirds even share the same birthday month. In July of this year, June turned 100 on the 13th and Hubert followed on the 23rd, according to the New York Post.

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Taking a moment to step away from a situation and think can work quite effectively.

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The couple is arguably cute beyond words, as WWII vet Hubert shares with TODAY Parents, "We didn't go through life without problems, but we would never do anything to hurt each other," explaining they realized in the early stages of marital bliss that taking a moment to step away from a situation works pretty effectively. He explains, "If there's controversy, you might have to walk away for a couple minutes. Then you come back in and change the subject or you work it out." Solid advice from someone who's clearly a master at maintaining a long-lasting marriage!

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The couple shares a smooch each night before heading to sleep.

old couple holding hands

As if this couple couldn't get any more adorable, June and Hubert share a smooch before heading to sleep each night. "They never go to bed without a kiss. It's always been that way," Jo shares of her parent's marriage (via The Washington Post).

Their romance started many years ago at church, and the rest was history!

heart-shaped locks together

The couple's romance started many years ago at church. Hubert went with a friend and remembers, "We slid into that pew, and the view in front of us was full of girls. One of them turned around, looked at me and smiled. That started the whole thing." He adds, "I often wondered how our life would have turned out had she not smiled." What was June thinking at the same time? She tells The Washington Post, "He was so handsome. I just fell for him."

Is your heart melting yet? Because ours are! The Malicotes are pure inspiration and #couplegoals.

Alexa Mellardo
Alexa is the Mind + Body Deputy Editor of Eat This, Not That!, overseeing the M+B channel and delivering compelling fitness, wellness, and self-care topics to readers. Read more about Alexa
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