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Share Your Photos and Relationship Advice in Honor of Valentine's Day

What makes your marriage or relationship work? Share your thoughts with the Patch community.

Whether you've been together for one day, one month, one year or one decade, Three Village Patch wants you to share your photos and relationship advice.

To get started, Patch asked Leah Jantzen, a life coach based in Stony Brook, for a few thoughts. Among her thoughts: mutual respect and consideration, working as a team, and laughing together are extremely important for a relationship.

"Realize that a relationship is like a roller coaster, with many ups and downs," she said in an email to Patch. "Enjoy the good moments, really be present for them, so when things are not as good you can reflect back to those moments and know your relationship will be back in that good place soon enough."

She even added a smiley emoticon at the end – :)

Via Facebook, newlywed Sheryl Selena Freed said: "My husband and I say the best way to find someone with whom you will be happy is to do what you love!"

Lauren Gitelson said: "Patience, communication and compromise!"

We are hoping to fill this photo gallery with photos of local couples and words of advice from area readers. Can you help us out?

All you have to do is post a wedding, engagement, anniversary or couples photo here and include in the caption of that photo your advice on what keeps your relationship strong. 

Posting a photo simple! Here is what you will need to do: 

  • Click on the giant "Upload Photos and Videos" button right above the photo gallery
  • Select a photo of yourself and your significant other
  • Add a caption with your names, duration of marriage, and piece of advice
Arona Kessler February 14, 2013 at 02:48 PM
My mom sent a belated email with her advice: "Knowing what to ignore is important. Marrying someone whose neuroses you can live with is important. Appreciating everything that your mate does is important, and showing your appreciation. Never leave the house or go to bed angry-- that's what my mother taught me. Also, it's important for me to express my anger (but carefully), otherwise I end up holding a grudge. On my wedding day I thought that I will love my husband more in a decade than I did on that day. That was a leap of faith which turned out to be true!"

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