Relationships don’t look like they used to (and that's a good thing).
But what does it honestly take to make a modern romance work?
D., associate professor of psychology at California State University, San Bernardino how the rest of the relationship will go.
Many times an issue is brought up by attacking or blaming one’s partner, also known as criticism, and one of the killers of a relationship. Instead of saying, 'You always leave your dishes all over the place! ' try a more gentle approach, focusing on emotional reaction and a positive request.
And whether they end with tears and empty Ben & Jerry's or last until forever maydepend upon countless factors, but your own actions, words, and thoughts undoubtedly play a role.
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Here, we've distilled it down to the very best advice 15 experts have learned.
has taught us anything, it's that relationships are messy.
Another secret for a long marriage: partners need to commit to making it work, no matter what.
The only thing that can break up a relationship are the partners themselves."— Kelly Campbell, Ph.
Partners should be especially sure that their values match before getting into marriage.
Although other differences can be accommodated and tolerated, a difference in values is particularly problematic if the goal is long-lasting love.
Hang out with girlfriends until late in the evening, take a weekend trip to visit family, or just spend time 'doing you' for a while. D., assistant professor of communication, Texas State University"'You are my everything' is a lousy pop-song lyric and an even worse relationship plan. Create relationships outside The Relationship, or The Relationship isn't going to work anymore."— Matt Lundquist, LCSW, couples therapist"Sex isn't just about orgasms.