Know When to Hold 'Em

Dear Friends,

A busy day for this reporter, I'm still in Florida and this is the only day I'll be off the air, as I promote my book, "The Mr. & Mrs. Happy Handbook." I'll be back in New York tonight and on "The O'Reilly Factor," with the king of cable — I hope you'll watch.

Also thanks to the many, many, many who showed up at my book signing in Tampa and I hope many more of you will be on hand tonight for another at Bennett Books in Wyckoff, New Jersey — I'll be there from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

If you can't make it, please pick up a copy of my funny book about marriage that NewsMax calls, "side splittingly funny commentary!" It's available wherever you buy books online,,, and at if you'd like an autographed copy.

Of course the book inspired so many of you to share your real life stories of what makes a happy marriage, so lets take a look at today's e-mail, as writers tell us their secrets to a happy marriage:

E-mail No. 1

"The secret to our happy marriage is my Green Bay Packers season tickets." Any time my husband (Mike) jokingly says he's going to turn me in for a "younger model", I say: "Fine — I'm sure she'll have Packers season tickets too!" This little reminder keeps our marriage happy, happy, happy!
Background: I'm originally from the U.P. of Michigan (Marquette) — which I notice you show on your weather maps now. He's from Oconomococ, Wisconsin. We met at a Green Bay Packers bar in Dallas in 1998 and have been happily married since 2000. And yes, we fly up to Green Bay for at least 2-3 games each year.
Sally Barker
CEO/CFO Tenacious Integration Services, Inc.
Plano, TX

E-mail No. 2

Although my husband is the most honest and moral man you will ever meet, at home he's the consummate liar. Maybe.
Every day for 10 years he has never failed to tell me how beautiful, smart and sexy he finds me. But like a comedian it's all in his timing; he always manages to compliment me when I think I'm at my worst. And not once has he ever admitted his comments may be stretching the truth.
At first I would jokingly reply that he was lying; but he would never retract a thing. After a while you begin to think that maybe… just maybe, he really believes all that drivel he's spouting. Then you move on the acceptance and enjoyment. That's my secret to a happy marriage.
My husband Jeff will tell you the secret to being Mr. and Mrs. Happy is to marry a woman like me. That's his story and he's sticking to it!
Susie and Jeff Stocker
Myrtle Beach, SC

E-mail No. 3

Bob and I were married almost 49 years when he passed away from lung cancer.
We attributed the success of our marriage to learning the "difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul". We learned that love doesn't mean leaning. We each planted and tended our own soul, instead of waiting for the other partner to do it. We learned we were both strong and both had equal worth.
Funny side: I always told Bob I married him so I no longer had to clean chickens. My father was a carpet buyer for a large department store in Cleveland, but on the side decided to be a "gentleman farmer". Often I had to cancel a date because my father decided I should stay home and clean chickens. Try telling that one to a suitor. They never asked me again. On my first visit home from the honeymoon, my father called out for me to come clean chickens. My reply "I'm married now". I never cleaned another chicken.
Patricia A. Kunkel
Lakewood, OH

E-mail No. 4

The secret of a successful marriage is:
— Be kind even if you don't feel like it
— A "good morning" hug
— Be thankful
— Have a glass of wine and super-size it
— Never go to sleep angry
— A kiss is always a good thing
— Cuddle
— Listen: you can learn more instead of talking
— Laugh
Married for 27 years and loving every minute...
Mardee Gallagher

Thanks everybody for the honest stories. I hope the readers see that there is no single answer to having a happy marriage, it's something people have to figure out as they go along, but as you can see, humor is an important element, that's why I've written a funny book about marriage.

Have a great day, and come back to The Daily Doocy tomorrow for more stories, and if you like to laugh and you're married, think about buying my book, "The Mr. & Mrs. Happy Handbook," available wherever books are sold!

Be happy!
Steve Doocy