Dave Willis, a pastor, and his wife Ashley are both relationship experts. They've been studying happily married couples for years--interviewing them in person and looking at online survey answers about their relationship. And they've discovered that while there are many things that people in strong relationships do every day, there are some very important things that happy couples AVOID doing, at least most of the time. (No couple is happy all the time, after all!)
One of the most important rules, writes Willis, is to ban the word "divorce" from your vocabulary. Which makes sense. No marriage is divorce-proof, but the couples who last are the ones whose commitment is stronger than their desire to walk out. And if you don't let yourself think of divorce as as option, you are less likely to exit at the first sign of serious trouble.
Some of Willis's other rules: Don't put career or hobbies ahead of your relationship; don't make important decisions solo; don't speak disrespectfully to and about your partner; and don't let the other person struggle alone. All good advice!
Now take a look at these furry families who've stuck together through thick and thin in the gallery below.