100-year-old couple on being married for 78 years :- A centenarian couple who have been married almost 80 years have shared their secret to a long-lasting happy marriage – despite never saying "I love you".
Morrie and Betty Markoff from Los Angeles have been married for 78 years but say there is no great secret to a successful marriage other than "tolerance and respect".
Betty, 100, told the Observer: "Just don't let every complaint turn to anger. Tolerance and respect. And you've got to like them. Morrie would never use the word love; I do, but the actions are the same on either part."
"When asked why he never told his wife he loved her, Morrie, 103, explained: "To me, love is possessive; it's controlling and demanding.
"The word that I would rather use instead is 'caring'. You care about people. 'Care', to me, has a much deeper meaning.
"Love is an esoteric word, but one that people also use to mean all sorts of off-hand things. 'I love playing tennis,' and such.
"I hug Betty constantly, I kiss her constantly, I care very much about her."
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