World’s longest married couple stress communication, laughter and lots of veggies

Jordana Divon
Shine On
November 2, 2012

These days if you make it to a decade of marriage it seems like a rare accomplishment. Don't tell that to Karam and Katari Chand from India, though.

The Daily Mail reports that the couple has been joined in wedded bliss for 87 years, surpassing the previous Guinness Book of World Record holders by five years.

So what's their secret? Well, they have a few.

"My trick is to make Katari laugh. I like to tell jokes and make her smile. Being funny is my way of being romantic," Karam tells the paper.

'I have been told laughing makes you live longer... my wife is still alive so it must have worked! I love her so much and I want to spend another 80 years by her side."

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To continue along this trajectory of awesome, Katari says she, in turn, has always tried to keep him strong and vital through her cooking.

"When I was young, I used to make him a nice fresh meal every night. We are vegetarian so I brought lots of fresh vegetables and made sure he was eating healthy food," she says.

"Health is very important and I wanted to look after him so we could grow old together. Some would say it has worked!"

Originally from the Punjab region of India, the couple has since relocated to Bradford, U.K., where they spend time with their eight children and 28 grandchildren.

And though times have changed since they first started building a life together, Karam's advice speaks clearly to the issues plaguing modern relationships.

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"In the past people used to listen. Now I don't think people take the time to listen to each other properly. People seem too busy today with work, TV and other stuff going on around them," he advises.

"Relationships are about understanding one another and listening to concerns and problems, so my advice to men and women is to listen to their partners, show interest in what they are saying and help them overcome any worries or problems they are going through."

Here in Canada we have our own longtime lovebirds.

Back in March, Alberta couple Raymond and Norma Sheers rang in 80 years of marriage, surrounded by their four children, 16 grandkids, 24 great grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren

Even more unusual?

"I can honestly say, I've ever seen them argue in 80 years. Well the 54 years that I've been around, I cannot remember ever seeing them argue," their eldest grandson Darrell tells Global TV.

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