10 Key Factors Proven to Make Your Love Last
- Maintain positive thoughts about their partner. Partners focused on the positive qualities and attributes of their partner, rather than thoughts that magnify minor misgivings or weaknesses.
- Keep their partner in mind when apart. Partners thought of one another during the day, and stayed tuned into one another’s interests, cares and wellbeing.
- Stay focused on partner despite distractions. Partners were able to maintain connection despite stress factors, such as work overload or visiting relatives, etc.
- Spend a lot of time together. Partners wanted and sought one another’s company and companionship.
- Enjoy new and challenging activities with partner. Partners not only enjoyed spending time together, they also spent time together that was physically, mentally and, or emotionally stimulating.
- Express affection with physical touch. Partners expressed their love with physical affection, nonsexual in nature, such as a touch on the shoulder, a hug, kiss etc.
- Are sexually attracted to partner. Partners report feelings of love that stimulated them sexually.
- Engage in regular sexual intercourse. Partners expressed their love to one another with regular sensuous touch or sex.
- Are overall happy in life. Partners were personally happy with their lives with an overall positive outlook.
- Have a strong passion for life. Partners were passionate about one or more aspects of their lives, i.e., work, hobbies, interests etc.
The O’Leary study provides new evidence that vibrant, long lasting couple relationship are a real possibility. It makes sense considering how many studies show that healthy relationships are associated with greater personal health, growth and confidence, as well as emotional fulfillment, for individual partners.
Staik, A. (2013). 10 Key Factors Proven to Make Your Love Last. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 3, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/relationships/2013/07/10-key-factors-proven-to-make-your-love/