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14 Reasons Why Long-Distance Relationships Can Make Couples Closer

14 Reasons Why Long-Distance Relationships Can Make Couples Closer

Long-distance relationships are tough. This is not only due to the loneliness, but also because the distance forces you to understand the value and essence of a relationship.

I have come to be stronger emotionally anytime my other half is away. I can tell you this from experience: being in a long-distance relationship can bring out the strength in your relationship. Here are 14 reasons why a long-distance relationship could actually help in securing your relationship.

1. You have a stronger sense of trust

A relationship without trust is not a relationship. There are always voices in your head screaming doubt and insecurities. But if you can survive the torturous moments of not being with your partner physically, and still believe that they are yours, then you have a relationship that is built on something solid.

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2. You value communication

You may have looked down on communication previously. But now you know what communication means. It speaks volumes awakens you to the authenticity of the relationship.

3. You appreciate your partner more

Suddenly, the memories you have with your partner, the ones that you can appreciate and hold on to, are even more important. Everything that connects you with your partner becomes something you always want to hold on to.

4. You value their return

Nothing can make you as excited or as expectant as seeing them again. And when you do see them, they are gold. It is like they are the most precious being on earth.

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5. You can find freedom in being independent

You learn to do things alone. You can secure your own identity rather than having your happiness dependent on your other half. You also experience the freedom of pursuing the things you always wanted to do alone.

6. You can discover yourself

Now you can experience some “me” time. You can learn to love and discover yourself. Rather than get lost in a relationship, you can get lost in yourself.

7. You can do more talking

Without the physical affection, you can focus on the words you share with your partner. You can be more expressive on the phone and say everything you never thought you would say when you met in person — yes, including the more embarrassing stuff.

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8. You can start making plans together

Now the relationship is real and you can figure out where you are going with it. You are either in or out. You have some time to answer all the questions that need to be answered.

9. You can deal with your problems

Rather than hide your problems with sex or expend your energy in other ways, you can deal with them by focusing on them and figuring things out together.

10. You become more creative

You become more imaginative and more conscious of pleasing your partner in other ways, rather than just through physical signs of affection.

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11. You have some kind of emotional intimacy

You can feel your partner and emotionally connect with them. It is about the emotions and the sensation that is attached to trying to be with them and please them — it doesn’t have to be all about the physical.

12. You get lost in the days

It is not about the touches but about the hours and the moments of separation. It makes you discover and appreciate time more.

13. You value surprises and gifts

Whatever you can send in terms of objects or affection will be appreciated. You want to give to the other person and show them how much you care. Gifts and surprises are now suddenly worth more than a thousand words.

14. You become more poetic

You may not have understood the significance of words until now. You suddenly become more poetic and understand the true value of words. You can try to penetrate your partner’s heart by using this newfound way with words.

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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