Kristen Bell Says a Trip to Michigan Had a Huge Impact on Her Marriage

“I learned more about my husband as we both shared stories about things we did growing up."

Updated 10/06/17

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Just because the honeymoon's over, doesn't mean you have to stop traveling. In fact, as Kristen Bell learned, a well-planned get-away to somewhere meaningful can make your marriage that much stronger.

In the new issue of Airbnb magazine, the actress reveals that one trip last summer with her husband, Dax Shepard, and their daughters had a lasting impact on their marriage. But rather than the exotic locales chosen for honeymoons (or even mini-moons), the family traveled to the couple's home state of Michigan, which Bell fondly calls "the Mitten." People shared that the 37-year-old star rented a 15-bedroom house for a week, kayaking, playing ping pong, and making s'mores with her family.

“My husband and I really wanted our kids to experience some time on a Michigan lake like we did growing up,” she wrote, according to People. The added bonus? Her relationship with Shepard, who's 42, got so much closer they decided to make this a repeat trip.

“I learned more about my husband as we both shared stories about things we did growing up,” she said. “We’ve decided to go home, at least for a week, to a Michigan lake every year.”

Bell has been open about the ups and downs in her marriage with Shepard, sharing her secret to a happy four years. In March, Bell revealed that marriage counseling has been a huge help in maintaining their healthy relationship.

“We have a very healthy marriage and we got there by doing therapy when we needed it, and constantly doing fierce moral inventories,” she told People at the time. “We both take responsibility when we are wrong, and I think it is easy to work with him because I married him, because I enjoy spending time with him and I trust him. That is exactly what I want in someone that I work with.”

She also has some good advice for dealing with your spouse when you don't always see eye-to-eye. In August, she told Us Weekly the trick to making it work even during a heated fight.

"It’s all about contempt. Never roll your eyes at someone,” she said in the interview. "You might as well break up right then because it's contempt. I’m telling you—I disagree with him on almost everything, but I have intense respect for his critical-thinking skills and the fact that we were raised differently. I always see his point. I do not and will not ever have contempt for him.”

All great advice.

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