Some things last forever – like Twinkies. But when it comes to the really important things – like your marriage, and your money – forever isn’t a guarantee. So, here’s how to make the good things last, courtesy of Real Simple magazine.  

  • Your romance. Dr. David Schnarch is the founder of the Marriage and Family Health Center in Colorado and he says the best thing you can do for your relationship is to learn to KISS again. He says kissing is a form of intimacy that disappears in a marriage long before the others do – but it’s actually one of the most personal experiences you can share. He says if you can bring real kissing back into your relationship – not just those quick pecks – it’ll help maintain your romance. So try kissing your spouse at least three times a day and make each kiss last at least 10 seconds.
  • Your money. To make it last, here are the two words you need to know – MUTUAL FUNDS. Barbara Roper is and investment expert with the Consumer Federation of America and she says for long-term savings, you want your money to grow faster than the rate of inflation – and a bank account simply won’t do that. With mutual funds, you get a professional managing your money. Your risk is lowered because your investment is spread across hundreds of stocks. You can go to NASD .com and click on “investor information” to learn more.
  • Your willpower! Maybe you’re dieting or trying to stop smoking. Well, you need willpower to reach your goal! The best way to strengthen it is to anticipate temptations. Dr. Bob Rotella is a psychologist who works with Olympic athletes and he says if you’re going out with friends, think ahead about the peer pressure you’ll face – to smoke, to have that extra glass of wine, to split a fat piece of cheesecake. Come up with a solution to handle these temptations. But that said, don’t make the all-or-nothing mistake. If you constantly crave something and it’s not dangerous, like a bite of cake, limit yourself to an occasional experience, instead of cutting it out. That way you won’t feel deprived, and you’re less likely to throw in the towel.