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5 Ways to Nurture a Love That Lasts Forever

Published: Febuary 1, 2012

A relationship is like a recipe - it takes time to get it right. So how do couples of three months, all the way to 30 years, make their relationships work?

Valentine Paper HeartsMake Time for Each Other: No relationship can survive without getting to know one another, even if you’ve been together for 30 years. There are always new things to discover about your partner.

Have Your Own Life: You need to make time for yourself. Don't let hobbies fall by the wayside just because you're in a relationship. As cliche as it may sound, it takes two halves to make a relationship whole, so be sure to keep a hold of your own interests, even if your partner doesn't share them.

Be Present: When you do get to spend time together, make the most of it. Don't waste a dinner date by lurking on Facebook or constantly checking text messages. Showing interest in your partner makes your relationship more interesting.

Argue: Arguing means you're working toward a common goal. Be open to discussion when you're at fault, and don't irrationally drudge up the past when you're upset about something else. Fight fair and you'll be surprised how relieving it can be to work toward being a better couple.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: There are going to be things that make your partner "unique," and you may not always like it. But don't turn every little thing that goes wrong into the end of the world. Be thankful for the things he or she does to make you happy, and try not to obsess over the things that don't.

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