The Betars. Photo: The Washington Post

When it comes to dishing marriage and relationship advice, there’re not many couples who’re as qualified as John and Anne Betar, aged 105 and 101 respectively. The couple, who have been married for over 83 years, were named the “longest married couple in America,” according to the Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

After going through life together, and expanding their brood (John and Anne now have 14 grand children and 16 great-grand children), the Betars’ will now share their secret on Twitter. Organised by Handy, an on-demand home cleaning service, you can now tweet @Handy with the hashtag #LongestLove to get your relationship questions across to the couple, who will reply via the social media platform.

John and Anne Betar first met as neighbours in Connecticut, fell in love, and eloped in 1932, after Anne’s father wanted her to marry someone 20 years her senior at the time. They were named the “longest married couple in Ameria” according to the Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

Today, the couple remain happily married, with Anne still cooking and cleaning, and John driving and handling their finances. In an e-mail interview with The Washington Post, John wrote that “we’re just lucky to be together. So fortunate”, and that “simply being together” is the best part of their long lives.

If you can’t wait for their responses to come in on 14 Feb 2016, here’s the key takeaway from John, on their relationship: “Live day to day within your means. Be content with what you have,” he said. “Don’t spend more than you have. Respect each other.”

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