How to Make Your Relationship Last


5 Rules To Make Your Relationship Last

How to make your (budding) affair endure past your stereotypical, ephemeral encounter.


I am not a certified “love guru.” I’m quite emotional and can be rash if I don’t check in with myself (meditation helps with that). While I’m sure there are plenty of women out there who have no problem keeping a cool head 99.8% of the time, I—unfortunately—am not one of them. Nevertheless, as someone who has only ever been in long-term relationships (casual hookups are really not my thing), I’d like to think I know a bit about what it takes to make a romance last much longer than a fling.

Read on for five (and a half! . . .ish) golden rules I feel you should follow, if you wish to make your (budding) affair endure past your stereotypical, ephemeral encounter.

5 Rules To Make Your Relationship Last

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Kristin started her career at Marie Claire and is now an editor / staff writer at Forbes. Born and raised in the Big Apple, Kristin's biggest pet peeves are run-on sentences, unwittingly published typos, and public transportation delays. A fervent shutterbug, arts-and-crafts enthusiast, and bona fide gourmand with an insatiable wanderlust, she's been fortunate enough to have already journeyed to over a dozen foreign countries (including Hungary, Spain, Bermuda, and most recently, Costa Rica!).

Reader Discussion: 17 Comments

  1. Layla Henderson

    Talking! Great communication will solve anything the world has to throw at you. Note that talking and shouting are @ different concepts and should not be practiced together.

  2. Aimee Marks

    That was quite a read. I agree in all points. In any relationship, we have to realize that there are two people coming from different backgrounds, personalities, characteristics, minds, perspectives, opinions, culture, tradition, etc. When these two people come together, all these differences will cause growth as much as frictions, as a result of imposing our wants and needs.

    We have to realize that the other person has their own needs of self-actualization, as well. Being in a relationship doesn’t mean that the “two has become one”. In a relationship, the two individuals has to retain their individuality. We can’t change a person to be what we want them to be just as that they can’t change us into something else they want. I don’t, for one second, believe that we complete the other person. They are already complete by themselves. What we need is to complement each other so that growth is ushered, which in effect would ensure a lasting relationship.

  3. Stay true to your spouse – no sleeping around and no telling lies about “working late” “have to see a patient” “have a business dinner” and I can give you a few more. This goes for the husband and the wife.

  4. Being in a serious relationship is as complicated as it is beautiful.
    Its sad to watch couples breaking up so frequently nowadays. You simply cannot continue a healthy relationship if both partners do not understand each other, or even if one does not understand the other.
    You cannot have everything your way. There has to be some level of adjustment and a wee bit of compromise as well. But it has to be done by both partners.
    Its not very easy to maintain a healthy relationship, but at the same time its a very beautiful journey as well.

  5. Randie Cadiogan

    I agree with these perspectives. People should learn to give and not just demand. A relationship needs to be invested with time and effort from both parties 🙂

  6. Respecting each one's individuality is the key to a lasting relationship! Not because you love doing it means your partner will also love it…

  7. Stephanie

    I still believe in the “give and take” concept in a relationship. Do not “demand” what you can’t personally give.

  8. Sandra Brown

    A couple is “two very different individuals!” Each one has own life so time and space are very important!

  9. I think that last tip is the most important! So many people I know lose a lot of their favorite hobbies and close friends when they switch from being an individual to being a couple. The other suggestions are crucial as well–I think they should apply to all relationships, not just romantic ones. Honesty and communication are the most important things when developing a close relationship or friendship with someone else.

  10. Courtney Watson

    In this day and age, it’s very, very, very, very hard to make a relationship last. There are so many obstacles hindering a couple from making a lasting relationship. Aside from other man (or woman), the latest technologies are also hindering us from having a successful relationship. How many times did I notice a couple dating, each focused on their smartphones instead of talking to each other?! Even I is guilty of doing this (too bad).

    I truly believe that they key to a lasting relationship is open and honest communication!

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