Nowadays, relationships last shortly and are not necessarily based on true love and respect. However, love stories that have endured the test of time and left a mark in history are always a true inspiration and manage to restore our faith in love and commitment.
Yet, the happiness in love and marriage requires much more than just love or attraction.
Andrea Mathews, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Counseling Supervisor, and a National Certified Counselor, agrees:
“Being in love does not guarantee that a relationship will work. Relationships require also compatibility and relationship skills on the part of both parties. But the “in love” requirement is a must. Relationships are not easy for they bring us to the deepest parts of ourselves. Therefore, being in love must be an aspect of any healthy long-term commitment and being sure that it is love, therefore, is an intensely important first step.”
According to Meredith Hansen, Psy.D, a clinical psychologist who specializes in couples, premarital and newlywed counseling:
“Healthy adult love exists when both partners are emotionally interdependent; meaning that both partners love one another, care for one another, desire physical closeness with one another, but respect each other enough to have their own identities as well.”
Loving relationships take effort, so in order to make love last, both partners need to completely dedicate to it.
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