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Several weeks ago we returned from the trip of our lifetime together – all 47 years of it.  We spent ten days on the continent of Antarctica.  Oh, my, what a wonderful trip it was!  As human beings, we will never be the same!

For us, it was the 7th and final continent in our journey in search of great marriages around the world.  Our project has taken 31 years to complete.  We have interviewed couples in all 50 states of the union, 47 foreign countries, and on all seven continents of the world.  And what a journey it has been.

Over the ten days we explored Antarctica, we interviewed couples that live and work there, observed the wildlife, and learned a lot of valuable lessons.  

One of the most important lessons of all are the lessons about love and relationships that we learned from the Penguins of Antarctica – particularly the Gentoo, the Adelie, the Emperor, and the Chinstrap.  They are all interesting to observe, to say the least.

The truth is, we learned over the course of our observations that Penguins and humans have a whole lot in common.  In fact, it is clear to us that Penguins and humans share many common and pervasive characteristics when it comes to love and life.  Here is what we mean.  

Here are the top 14 lessons about love and life  we learned from the Penguins:

1. Look out for each other . Like humans, penguins live in towns and villages called rookeries because it's easier to protect each other from predators and from the cold weather in groups. And what's really nice—most have a short commute to work finding food!  

2. Have fun and play a lot.  Penguins, like humans, love to gather with friends and family to have fun and play. Hanging around with their family gives them particular joy.

3. Communicate effectively. Penguins talk and chatter a lot to each other, just like humans! [Link Removed] is at the heart of their relationships with each other, just as it is with humans.

4. Be a responsible adult.  As they grow older, penguins learn to spread their wings, and even though they will never fly, they grow up for the most part to be responsible and productive adults. Almost all become parents at some point in their life. Sounds like a familiar human story to us.

5. Build your support network.  Sometimes penguins take trips together with their extended family. Like us, penguins know that friends and family are an integral part of their support network.

6. Smile a lot.  Penguins are certainly a happy lot! They rarely get discouraged and almost never give up on their goals. We humans are like that as well.

7. Show love to your children.  Like us, penguins kiss their babies a lot! Their love and affection for their young is always in evidence.

8. Watch out for danger.  They almost always look left and right before crossing the path! They know the world is full of danger, but you can always count on them to be prudent and careful—for their safety and for the safety of their family and friends. We humans teach our children to look left and right before they cross the street, and we do so at a very early age.  

9. Shout your love to the heavens! Penguins shout their love for each other by screaming it to the heavens! They are not shy about expressing their love for their mate. Saying "[Link Removed] is just a normal part of their day and they are willing to express their sentiments often. We humans could learn to do a better job of this by observing the penguins!

10. Keep your body clean . Penguins love to bath a lot, especially with each other. They will race to get to the water first. Sometimes a refreshing swim makes them jump for joy!  

11. Stop and smell the roses. Frequently, penguins just stop and admire the view--what we humans would call, "stopping to smell the roses." They often stand together to admire the view from where they live and travel. We humans should do more of this.

12. Be faithful to the one you love.  Penguins are monogamous, often having one mate for a lifetime. Death of their life's partner is about the only circumstance that causes them to search for a new mate. Maybe younger humans should pay attention to the penguin's model!

13. Share the parenting responsibilities.  Like humans, penguins share in the nurturing, feeding, and parenting of their children. It is remarkable how penguins demonstrate that birthing, protecting, and raising a child is a shared responsibility of both the mother and the father. You can count on them to work together to build a confortable nest for their children.

14. Argue fairly and don't hold grudges.  Penguins squawk and often times engage in lively discussions and arguments. They get in each other's face, but they usually resolve their differences in a positive fashion. Like human couples penguins argue—there is nothing wrong about that—but they have learned to argue fairly and effectively, almost never holding grudges. You can learn a lot from a penguin.

It is clear that penguins and humans have a lot in common when it comes to marriage and relationships. They have mates—often for a lifetime—love to be around family and friends, and dearly love their children.  

You can learn a lot about love and relationships from the penguins of Antarctica! They may live at the end of the world, but in the end, we are all very much alike.

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