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How To Make A Long Distance Relationship Work

Sep 5, 2008
The world today allows for people who would have never met before to not only meet but also fall in love. Long term relationships are as old as time, but despite many people having come before you, you may find that navigating such a relationship is not something that is easy.

If you turn to others for help you may hear tales of thwarted long distance relationships and relationships that just didn't pan out because of the distance. Don't allow for these stories to keep you from loving someone who is not close, allow them to help you keep pushing forward and working for a relationship that you believe in.

Making a long distance relationship work will take some serious effort on your part. You have to be sure that you are not living completely separate lives, which means that you may need to make a concerted effort to do things together while on the phone.

A great way to do this is by renting the same movie and watching it together. Simply hold the phone up to your ear while you watch and talk like you would if you were in the movie theatre. Something silly like this will allow you to feel connected and continue to have dates, which will keep things fresh and will make the distance disappear for 90 minutes.

Try to see each other as often as possible. Even the most well intentioned people need to see one another every once in awhile to make a relationship work. If you don't see each other it will be much more difficult to stay excited about the relationship and you will be a lot more tempted by those that are around you. When you can be together, make a running list of the things that you want to do when you are together.

Even though you can't sit next to one another doesn't mean you can't see one another. Instead of talking on the phone, why not use an internet phone service that will allow you to not only talk, but see one another. This will give you the chance to physically lay eyes on one another, making you feel like you are in a relationship and not just tied down by an idea of someone.

Send letters and cards to let the person know how often you think of them. You don't know until you are on the receiving end just how much a letter or card can mean. Send as many cards and letters as you can afford to send to just let the person know that you are thinking of them. From time to time you will also want to send little gifts, even something as small as a new CD or teddy bear.

As you can see, making a long distance relationship work doesn't have to be hard, it just takes commitment. You need to keep things new and fresh and you need to make sure that you are communicating as regularly as possible.

It's when you begin to live your life as though you don't have a significant other that things will get hard, so make sure that you don't do this by keeping them as much a part of the present as possible.
About the Author
Rodrigo Rehn is a Relationships Expert, Linux Systems Administrator, Web Programmer, PHP Developer and CEO of FaceRomance dating services.
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