Being in love has tons of benefits, from elevated self-esteem and renewed energy to a rush of mood-boosting brain chemicals, but there are other benefits to look forward to as your relationship progresses too. Read on to find out some of the biggest benefits of long-term love and commitment.
We're not just referring to sex, although that's always a major benefit when it comes to sharing a bed with the one you love. In this case, we're more focused on the small forms of affection and intimacy that can make us feel good every day. Getting a hug when you've had a bad day, starting and ending your day with a kiss, shoulder squeezes of support, back rubs and all the other little gestures that bring two people closer together – these are all things you can always count on when you're part of a long-term couple.
Having a sympathetic ear at your disposal is a huge benefit of being one half of a committed couple. You have someone who knows you better than anyone else, is ready to listen to your fears, concerns, plans and problems and can be a sounding board for whatever it is you want to discuss. Being able to open up to your man is a major bonus of long-term love, and don't discount the feelings of warmth you get from being there for him when he needs to talk. Listening to each other and helping each other through all of life's ups and downs is a priceless part of being together.
One of the cornerstones of every love relationship is friendship, and being able to share everything with the one you love makes it that much more fun to be part of a long-term relationship. You don't want to ditch your girlfriends, nor should he forgo his best pals, but being able to share a close friendship with each other is a great feeling and one that continues to bring the two of you closer. Having a friendship with your guy means always having someone to hang out with, laugh with and be yourself around, no matter how you're feeling.
Once you've been with someone for a while, you become a team and work together to continue building the relationship, but not only that, you also develop shared goals. If you've ever tried to accomplish something on your own, you know how hard it can be, but when you add in someone else with a shared enthusiasm and equal interest in a particular goal, achieving it is that much easier and more fun. Whether you and your partner have a shared ambition to travel around the world, buy a house in the country or open a small business together, being able to strive for something as a team is an unforgettable feeling.
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