Relationships are something we are all a part of. They bring us comfort, happiness, and unity. We are part of work relationships, friendships, families, and, of course, romantic love relationships. Every relationship takes time and effort. They require give and take to keep them strong. Sometimes we are able to maintain a connection with others for years, and sometimes people move in and out of our lives rather quickly. And—let’s face it—sometimes our relationships can cause us grief, stress, or frustration. So why do we work so hard to make someone else happy? Why do we endure the stress and compromise? Simply put, we long to feel connected to another human being. Those connections, though sometimes difficult, can ultimately affect how we feel about our work, our lives, and ourselves in general. We want to feel needed, loved, and cared for. As well, we long to provide that for someone else, which is why we seek intimate relationships. Creating and maintaining an intimate relationship can be one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives, but just like every other relationship, it requires effort and sometimes guidance.
When it comes to our intimate relationships, we all want a relationship that others notice and envy, a relationship that stands the test of time, one that is unstoppable. You know—that couple that seems to be so close, in love, and happy. You have no doubt that they are completely in love and committed to one another! We can all have that kind of relationship, but it doesn’t just happen; it takes work, commitment, and know-how.