The first thing a couple seeking a viable, long-term relationship must understand is that infatuation and love are not the same. Infatuation is the feeling. Love is the action.
“If both of you are putting each other first then no one comes second.”~Anonymous
Any successful relationship must be rooted in love. However, love is not enough. Love brings bliss in the early stages of relationships, but it only grows and blossoms if it is tempered with this one special quality.
Whenever you hit a time where the fun, spontaneity and excitement seem to dissipate just remember that it just a phase and all relationships experience the dreaded rut. Then find creative ways to spice things up.
It doesn’t matter how “lovey-dovey” cute and cuddly you are in the beginning. The honeymoon will end. And when it does you must work in order to make it last.
While most people do get to experience “happy for a little while,” only a select few make it to “happily ever after.” Relationships are tough. And sustaining a relationship after the butterflies are gone, and you’ve seen her without makeup or have been assaulted by his morning breath–is especially difficult.
A confident yet humble spirit is what your response to a compliment should reflect.
Loving someone unconditionally means loving the very essence of the individual. Just as they are. Despite what they do or fail to do, with no expectation of anything in return—including love.
Humans remain in a perpetual state of change. We are getting older, gaining more knowledge and learning new things.
If both of you are exactly the same, one of you is unnecessary.
There is no recipe or secret to making a marriage last, there are however some key indicators that you may be on the right track.
Highly sensitive people are not damaged goods. They possess the ability to resist society’s attempts at desensitization and have remained open, compassionate and alive instead of being cold and numb.
In the Sweetheart scam, scammer uses the guise of love and romance, to bilk money from the unsuspecting person—oftentimes a lonely senior.
Getting to know yourself begins and ends with personal introspection. Understanding what makes you tick, what makes you happy or sad, discovering your fears and assessing how you truly feel about yourself is a journey requiring time, effort and courage.
Non-attachment breaks the bonds of clinginess and unhealthy dependence so many relationships experience and fosters a relationship steeped in open and honest communication and promotes interdependence.
Love is a reciprocal force. The more you give the more you receive.
The journey towards creating intimate relationships is therefore potentially never ending and everyone’s experience in learning to be intimate is different.
A funny thing happens when you know who you are–you begin to care less about what others think of you.
“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”~Franklin P. Jones
One of the most popular misconceptions surrounding marriage is that once you make it through the wedding day–say your “I do’s,” you ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. Nothing could be further from the truth.