Soaking up all the wisdom you can from relationship therapists, researchers, matchmakers, and more.
Here, we've distilled it down to the very best advice 15 experts have learned.
Personal experience proves it too: From our eighth-grade romance to our most recent breakup drama, "love isn't easy" is a life lesson we know all too well.
No matter your status—single, dating, engaged, or married—relationships take work.
Many people assume that just because they are OK without things they want so is their partner.
'No relationship is perfect' shouldn't be used as a rationalization for complacency."— Irina Firstein, LCSW, individual and couples therapist"A friend taught me that no matter how in love you are or how long you've been together, it's important to take an exhale from your partnership.
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?
Then when you go home to Yours Truly, you'll both be recharged and ready to come together even stronger."— Amy Baglan, CEO of Meet Mindful, a dating site for people into healthy living, well-being, and mindfulness"Researchers have found that four conflict messages are able to predict whether couples remain together or get divorced: contempt, criticism, stonewalling (or withdrawal), and defensiveness. It's about sensation, emotional intimacy, stress relief, improved health (improved immune and cardiovascular system), and increased emotional bonding with your partner, thanks to the wonderful release of hormones due to physical touch.
For example: 'I get annoyed when I see dishes in the living room.
Would you please put them back in the kitchen when you’re finished? Ed., LPC-S, a certified Gottman therapist and master trainer for The Gottman Institute"The number one thing I have learned about love is that it is a trade and a social exchange, not just a feeling.
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.
Regardless of your personal situation, their words may help you uncover the key to long-lasting happiness.