Ep. 1 of The #staymarried Podcast – The Seven Do’s and Four Don’ts for a Long and Happy Marriage

The #staymarried PODCAST - A Brand New Series featuring The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John GottmanWelcome to the very first ever episode of The #staymarried Podcast!
Now available on iTunes and I’m pretty sure every other podcast app. SUBSCRIBE! Let us know if you can’t find it on yours.

It’s new, it’s our real voices, and it’s only slightly awkward to listen to. But, what the heck? Why podcast?

We’ve been sharing our hopes, stories, and resources with you for three years. Can you believe it? When we launched our very first post on October 2, 2012, we didn’t even know if anyone would read it. But you did! And you shared it with your friends! And now thousands visit the site every single day! It’s surreal, but it keeps us dreaming of more ways we can share our vision of butting up against the odds and encourage each other in this most beautiful and daunting work of marriage.

So, a podcast. It turns out that people who regularly listen to podcasts may not necessarily read a blog. And those of you who have been regularly reading the blog may not listen to many podcasts. This is our attempt at getting MORE hope, stories, and resources out there to MORE people. We feel stretched and nervous to kick this thing off, but you know that’s not going to stop us.

Welcome to the first episode in which we introduce ourselves. This is the intro to a series based off of Dr. John Gottman’s book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Over the course of this series we will give time to each of the seven principles – which we’ll refer to as the Seven Do’s – as well as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – which we’ll refer to as the Four Don’ts


The #staymarried PODCAST - a brand new series featuring The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John Gottman

Take a listen. Leave a comment and let us know what you think! Let us know if this is your first time with us at #staymarried or if you’ve been following along for-like-ever! Where are you from? Are you married? How long? We can’t wait to get to know you and maybe even have some new conversations with you all along the way.

Oh, and since I mention Tony’s Dad-ness in the podcast, here’s a video example of what I’m talking about. Enjoy!

Shenanigans. Always shenanigans at bedtime with Daddy.

A video posted by Michelle Peterson #staymarried (@mchellepeterson) on

 The #staymarried blog was created to offer hope, stories, and resources for couples who want to stay married.

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Tony and Michelle Peterson #staymarriedIf you’re NEW HERE, check out our About Page and read a little more about my own background on our first post. You can also find us on the socials: PinterestTwitterFacebook, and Instagram. I’d love to connect on any of your favorite platforms.

Thank you ever so much for reading, sharing, and being a part of this #staymarried community!

~ Michelle


15 thoughts on “Ep. 1 of The #staymarried Podcast – The Seven Do’s and Four Don’ts for a Long and Happy Marriage

  1. I loved listening to the podcast today. It felt like listening to friends share and laugh about each other. I have been reading the blog for a few years now and love the advice/information you share. I recommend it to my friends and am so excited for more podcasts! I live near Tacoma, WA and have been married for 9 years!

    1. Great to “meet” you, Sarah! Thanks so much for listening and introducing yourself. We hope you like what we’ve got planned for the podcast 🙂

  2. Aw, this is so exciting! I look forward to this series and so appreciate you branching out into something new. I have been reading your blog for probably about a year, and just fell in love with it. I am a HUGE marriage advocate. The sacredness and beauty of it mean so much to me. Oh, and my name is Courtney. I have been married to my husband Michael for almost 8 months! Anyways. . . thanks for sharing! You are awesome!

    1. Hi Courtney!
      Sacredness and beauty, absolutely! Thanks so much for taking the time to encourage us. We hope you like what’s coming up!

  3. I really enjoyed listening to this! You two already feel like old friends. I discovered #staymarried a few weeks ago and I’m so glad I did! I’m from Idaho, but am currently stationed and living in Germany. My husband and I are coming up on our fourth anniversary and we have one little girl who is turning 1 this month! Good luck on your following podcasts! I’m excited to hear more!

    1. Listening from Germany! How exciting! I love how the internet can make this big world feel small. Thanks so much for listening.

  4. #staymarried and the Gottmans research/ principles have kept me working toward a happier and healthier marriage this year. Thank you! We’ve been married 17 years and by using the principles and avoiding the 4 horseman (all 4 had crept into our marriage) we are happier than we’ve ever been in our marriage. Like EVER! This stuff is way way WAY better than marriage counseling.
    We love and live in Denver.

    1. Hi Nadine!!!
      Thanks so much for sharing and taking the time to encourage us. Better than marriage counseling? That’s a high compliment! We’ll take it!

  5. I love your blog and love both your vocal qualities on th pod cast look forward to going thru the book with you!!!

  6. Hi Michelle and Tony,

    I’m really enjoying your podcast! My wife and I have been married for 5 years and we’ve been Gottman superfans for 6 (do you like the timing of those two things? We sure do). We live in Pittsburgh, PA with our adorable one year old son.

    We are just starting to get our feet wet sharing the Gottman material with others and hope to do a 7 Principles class early next year. I found you on the Gottman Institute’s twitter feed and am in awe of how much you have done while raising three young children– Wow!

    My favorite part of this episode is where you share three things about each other. Your playful spirits come out, as does your admiration for each other. It gives me a sense of familiarity and trust with you as hosts and has me looking forward to hearing more.

  7. hi guys am from Zimbabwe, i got your link from facebook and what captured my attention is the word Criticism which has been roaring in our marriage to the extend of thinking of separation but thank u so much, am learning a lot.

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