Kristen Bell is dishing out relationship advice, and it's well worth a listen
Maintaining a relationship while in the public eye can be tough. Not only is every move celebrities make dissected by the tabloids, but adoring fans feel entitled to know every mundane and minute detail about their love lives. And this is pretty bizarre; I mean, us ordinary folk tend to refrain from divulging information about our relationship to perfect strangers, and only disclose the more significant facts to our close family and friends.
And while we're used to seeing picture-perfect celebrity couplings (I'm looking at you, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds), it's evident that there's more going on under the surface. Two celebrities, however, that are very transparent about all the hard work needed to be #CoupleGoals are Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.
Kristen and Dax met back in 2007 and married in 2013, after waiting for marriage equality to become legal in the United States. Since then, they have had two daughters, Lincoln and Delta, who are five and four, respectively. And they appear to be just as in love as they were way back when.
If you're wondering how the pair make it work, Kristen has you covered. Last Valentine's Day, the Veronica Mars actress took to Twitter to post a list she wrote for her engaged friends about how she keeps her marriage happy and healthy, and it's invaluable.
"I was writing a note 2 friends who were getting hitched. I wrote congratulations then thought 'Kristen! Aren't u old & married? Don't u have any wisdom to share?!' When i was done, I realised I'd written the A-Z of what keeps my marriage w/@daxshepard1 healthy," she captioned the tweet.
"Vulnerability always begets connection and intimacy. Stay vulnerable with each other," she began.
The 37-year-old continued, "In 10 years, when the dopamine has waned, remember: Life is a crazy ride. It's a privilege to go through it with a partner."
"Take necessary separateness. It will make your marriage better.
Loving someone despite their faults, failings, or character defects is the most powerful loving you can do.
Rejoice in what makes the other person happy, and allow them their individual interests.
Know that everyone is doing the best they can with what they got, so get a bigger emotional toolbox to fix your problems."
Naturally, the people of the internet were all for Kristen's candour. "Girl knows what she's talking about," one Twitter user wrote while another corroborated "22 years of marriage makes me think this is perfect!! And if that is actually your hand writing...I am contacting Apple and submitting the new Kristen Bell font."
However, this is not the first time that the actress has opened up about her relationship. During a recent interview, Kristen revealed that she and Dax had many disputes during the first year of their relationship, some of which nearly broke them up.
"When we first met, we fell madly in love and I love the dramatic exit. There is nothing I crave more. The first year you are working out your kinks. I loved it. We'd get in a fight because we would fight a lot and I'd like yell something then slam the bedroom door, then I'd slam the front door, then I'd get in my car and then I'd skid out the driveway and I would sit around the corner in my car and it felt so good and I realized how incredibly toxic it was only after he pointed it out."
Well, good on Kristen for being so honest about the trials and tribulations that inevitably occur in any long-term relationship.