All You Need is Love

June 24, 2014

Wedding Day

It seems that couples are everywhere in the summer months. Couples are walking in parks, in your local movie theater, and in your neighborhood restaurants. Most notably, couples are walking hand-in-hand from wedding ceremonies around the world. My own wedding anniversary is this month. On June 29, Donna and I mark 59 years together. You can’t be married as long as we have without developing some sure-fire ways to the keep the love alive. I thought I’d share a few ways that work for us:

  1. Hold hands. There’s nothing wrong with walking around holding hands. When I go visit hotels and bring Donna, we hold hands as we walk around.
  2. Set aside a date night every week.
  3. Try to be home for dinner every night that you can.
  4. Go on vacations together.
  5. Go to church together.
  6. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
  7. Always listen, and listen intently.
  8. Have some outside hobbies.  I love to read mystery novels, and Donna loves to watch the cop shows on TV, like CSI, while she does her needlepoint.
  9. Ask yourself “why” before saying something hurtful or controversial.
  10. Always be there for each other.

You've heard the expression that behind every successful businessperson is a strong spouse. I believe this is true.  Donna's advice and love have guided me through many tough spots.  I'm always learning from her, and I continue to love her even more every year.  So, go out, talk and hold hands and keep that marriage strong.  It's worked for me and it will work for you.

I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.


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Mr. M.
Thank you for your inspiring words as a newbie to marraige and loving everyday of my commitment to my wonderful wife. As a 20 year Marriott veteran - thank you for all you have done and continue to do for my family and myself.

Congratulations on 59 years of marriage. You are an inspiration to everyone. Thank you for sharing your top 10 list. I wish you many more wonderful years together. I am married 41 years and we do many of your top 10 tips. Thanks for all you continue to do to keep Marriott on the move.

May God continue blessing your marriage and many more beautiful memories and joy come in the next years.


Congratulations on 59 years! I am going on 20 years and must say there is also number 11. Enjoy the roller coaster because when you look back on things that happened which you thought where rough at that time you actually find amusing in the present.


Happy Happy 59th Anniversary Mr.& Mrs. Marriott!

Thanks for the advice sir well noted.

Congrats and thanks for sharing. I have been with my husband for 29 years and we try to do all of the things you listed. One thing we do every weekend is go for long walks holding hands.

Mr. Marriott,
Your Items #6 and #7 seem to be the glue that hold the relationship together!!

6.Communicate, communicate, communicate.
7.Always listen, and listen intently.


Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for sharing.

I love this comment !

Congratulations to your 59th anniversary Mr.& Mrs. Bill Marriott.

My husband and I will also be celebrating our 29 anniversary on the 29th of June as well, and I thought this will be a good idea to share with him some of your ways that keep our love alive..

Best wishes,
Emma Santiago

Congratulations on your 59th Wedding Anniversary!
God Bless!!!!!

Mr & Mrs Marriott
Congratulations on your 59 years wedding anniversary. Blessings
Ms Cosgrove CA

Mr. Marriott,
Thank you for sharing your story and your advice! My husband and I are coming up on 20 years next year and I have found your suggestions to be right on. What a blessing.

Congratulations on 59 years!!!! How exciting. Thank you for sharing your best tips w/all of us. Here's to many more years!

Congratulations on 59 years, Mr. & Mrs. Marriott! That is quite an accomplishment. I appreciate your successes in both your professional and personal life as it demonstrates great leadership to all of us.



Thank you for sharing..It's so importatnt to remind us who are married not only that it can be done but also the proven means in which to do it.
Thank you!!!

Atlas Washington
Marriott Inner Harbor @ Camden Yards

*(40 years and working on it)

Happy Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Marriott!

Thank You Mr. Marriott for this article, I love to see couples who have been together for this long. Thanks for sharing how to get to this. All the suggestions that you have in this article, I will definitely be using it in my life. Reenu and I have been together for 8 years and have our wedding anniversary this month also on June 25.

Satwant Singh
Coplay Marriott Boston

Happy Anniversary!!