'Housewives' Star Gorga's Tips For Happy Marriage

By ZACH SEEMAYER

September 18, 2013

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga wants to help you uncover the secrets to a happy, healthy marriage. And she's doing it with the help of her new book Love Italian Style.

Melissa Gorga and her husband Joe Gorga are staples of Real Housewives, but unlike other couples on the show, their marriage isn't fraught with the constant bickering and destructive behavior present in many of the show's other relationships. So what makes them such a loving couple?

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"Joe and I like to keep it fresh. We like to keep it sexy," Gorga told ET. "And we still flirt. I still flirt with Joe as if he were my boyfriend, and I think that's a lot of the problem with a lot of marriages. You get very comfortable, and you just stop flirting."

Another tip Gorga shares is one she believes in very strongly -- the strength that a traditional dynamic in a marriage can have.

"When you treat your husband like the king, in return you will be the queen," Gorga says. "It's controversial in many ways, because we do really live an old-school type of marriage, but with a modern twist. I do work a lot, I do raise three kids, and I do have to be out of the house. But I still make sure that when Joe comes in, I get him something to drink, I sit him down, I try to cook for him almost every night."

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Gorga adds that for wives who can't make the time to cook for their husbands, they can still make their husband feel loved and welcomed in the home. Check out the video for more tips from Gorga about how to have a long-lasting satisfying marriage, and what life is like now that she is a reality TV star.

Love Italian Style is now available online and in major bookstores nationwide.

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