Everyone knows that while being single is fun and offers plenty of perks, there are tons of benefits to being in a relationship, too. Not only do relationships bring a special someone in your life, but they will teach you a lot about yourself — like your attachment style, your love language, and maybe even how much you value your independence.
As your relationship progresses, you begin to hit relationship milestones one by one. And while these are mostly positive experiences, it’s possible to get to a point where your relationship feels slightly stagnant. Maybe you’ve been together so long that you are questioning how to keep the spark alive, or maybe you are wondering how to build new forms of intimacy.
Either way, as time goes on and your relationship transitions to long-term status, it’s normal for the initial happiness of the “honeymoon” phase to wear off. But just because you’ve been with someone for what feels like forever doesn’t mean the relationship has to become stale. It just means now would be the time to rediscover new things about yourself or your partner. In order to do that, here are some tips on how to help keep the romance alive and strong for many more years to come.
— Additional reporting by Michele Bird and Taylor Andrews