Kristen Bell Gives Amazing Relationship Advice

by Maitri Suhas

I know I'm not alone when I say that Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard give me #RelationshipGoals. The two have been practically inseparable since they met in 2007, and decided not to get married until California legalized same-sex marriages (what did I tell you? #RELATIONSHIPGOALS). In the newest issue of Good Housekeeping, the 34-year old Kristen Bell talked about her amazing relationship with the Parenthood actor, her fierce love for her kids Lincoln and Delta, and the crucial importance of vaccinating your children.

Besides being a baller couple that surprises each other with sloths, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have what sounds like the healthiest relationship... ever. They're both open about their marriage in interviews, balancing their busy careers (she's about to launch into Frozen 2!) with raising their children, and still having time to love each other to pieces.

Bell has offered a slew of great relationship and parenting advice in a ton of interviews, and she isn't afraid to admit that she and Shepard have a great, normal relationship that isn't without its hurdles — and that you can too. Because these days, that's a hot, coveted commodity. Here's some great advice to absorb from Bell's perfectly imperfect marriage.

Get Help When You Need It

Doing her part to break up the stigma surrounding couples therapy, Bell told Good Housekeeping:

I don't mind advertising a healthy marriage. I'm trying, just like everyone else. You do better in the gym with a trainer; you don't figure out how to cook without reading a recipe. Therapy is not something to be embarrassed about.

The takeaway: it's OK — and healthy — to ask for help! Relationships are hard, especially with kids — and especially when you're both huge stars trying to keep your home life private.

Keep A Calendar

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It seems like total mom advice, because it is — but it's also AWESOME and accurate no matter how much you don't want to admit your mom was right. Bell says: make sure you have date nights and prioritize.

Respect Each Other

Bell says she's got some weird quirks and pet peeves that Shepard respects, no matter how weird. But! That doesn't mean that he never speaks up for himself. As she told Men's Health: "I can't stress this enough, he's not a doormat. He has no fear of pointing out a character defect or telling me if I've lost my marbles momentarily. He respects me and tries to accommodate me, but he will not let me railroad him." Look, everyone's a little bit crazy. Make room for that, but don't let it get out of hand. Respect.

Admit When It's Your Bad

Even though it seems like common sense, it's hard for lots of people to admit when they're wrong, because who doesn't like to win? But that's the worst way to get past obstacles in any kind relationship, marriage or otherwise, says Bell. "Once you can admit that you're not perfect and you mess up all the time, it's so incredibly freeing." In other words, it happens! Admit it!

Talk About It

I'm not crying, it's just raining on my face.


Did I mention sloths?

May we all be blessed with a relationship as great as Bell and Shepard's someday. (In the mean time, get a room, you two.)

Images: Good Housekeeping, Getty.