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What He's Really Thinking After 1, 5, and 10 Years of Marriage

Redbook
Love + Sex
August 9, 2012

That's right, we got real men to spill their actual feelings about their dearly beloveds. Turns out they're pretty excited about being tied to someone in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer - well, you know the rest. REDBOOK.

1 Year
"The first year of marriage is truly a great one. That feeling of new love permeates all you do with your spouse. Even things you've done together before feel special because you know it's now part of a mutual life. This feeling of growth as one entity is both amazing and unique to this time.

Plus all of that sweet, sweet action is hard to beat!" - Dean N.*, 34

*Name has been changed.

1 Year
"Marriage requires constant communication and attention, but the reward is unmeasurable happiness. My sun still rises and sets with Aimee, and I still get all tingly every time I see her. It's the greatest feeling in the world knowing that you always have someone in your corner." - Justin G., 34

1 Year
"Wedding cake is not as good a year later!" -- Paul D., 30

Related: Some Good (and Bad) Old Married Advice

5 Years
"After five years of marriage, I can say that I love my wife more than ever. Our relationship is the thing I'm most proud of in my life and we still work at it daily. I think of marriage as a competition to see who can serve their partner better. Some days I feel like I'm falling behind and I'll make sure to do something nice or unexpected. It keeps it fresh and keeps us both very happy." - Judd H., 35

5 Years
"We're in the middle of raising two gorgeous girls - four and 19 months. I am so thankful that my wife and I have always been able to laugh with and at each other, at the sleepless nights of teething and fevers, at the tantrums, at the marvelous honesty of our kids. Humor has often been our savior. I am a lucky guy for finding an amazing woman, and a remarkable mom." -Scott H., 38

Related: The 18 Most Annoying Male Habits, Explained

10 Years

"No comment...Just kidding! I'd do it all over again if I had the chance." - William M., 29

10 Years
"I can't believe she still things my quirks are cute. I'm lucky to have such a wonderful person to share life with. Who came up with the stupid anniversary gifts?" - J. S. Cash, 36, Author of Save Your Finances

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