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Email of the Day: How One Small Phrase Keeps Our Marriage Strong

By Dr. Laura on November, 7 2023
Woman in red sweater feeds man cookies while they stand in winter-decorated living room

My parents have been married almost 50 years and they love each other more today than ever. When Mom baked cookies or brownies, she always baked them with nuts. Being a bratty teen, I always said β€œMom! I don’t like nuts in my cookies!” And being the outstanding wife she was, she would simply smile and say, β€œYour dad likes nuts in his cookies. It’s the little things.”


β€œNuts in cookies” became a metaphor for me in my life. My parents taught that love is something you DO. Love is a verb. My husband and I often joke about β€œnuts in cookies.” He likes little notes and cards. He likes to kiss me even when I have on lip gloss and don’t want to get it on him. He says to me β€œBabe, it’s a nuts in cookies thing.” So, I kiss him. A lot.


My husband often tells me how grateful he is for me. Taped to our bathroom mirror are two notes. One says β€œnuts in cookies” as a reminder to do the little things my spouse likes, and the other note says β€œWhat can I do today to make him/her happy we’re married?” My parents and you, Dr. Laura, have substantiated my belief in how to keep a marriage strong and happy!




How One Small Phrase Keeps Our Marriage Strong


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