Long distant relationships have a positive effect on people because they encourage them to grow up quickly. Sure, it’s not the easiest option available to you but what can you do if you have fallen in love?
The success of a long distance relationship depends on the drive between the two individuals and their love for each other. As long as both the partners are in love and they are willing to do everything in their power to make it work, a long distance relationship will last. You need the same drive to sustain any kind of a relationship you enter into but I guess the degree changes with the intensity of the relationship. I personally think that long distance relationships last because:
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Love doesn’t depend on distance:
Love is an emotion shared by two people irrespective of their physical whereabouts. When you love someone, you love them irrespective of where they live and how frequently you get to meet them. Love is not bound by or subjected to such trivial assumptions.
It helps in strengthening trust and faith:
The distance is basically a test of time to see how real the love really is. When two people don’t get to spend every moment or even a few hours together every day, there are bound to be trust issues. However, if someone enters a long distance relationship, both the people will have to trust each other. Even though that is difficult in the beginning, it’s only a matter of time before the bond of faith solidifies a relationship and in fact, the trust people have in a long distance relationship is at times stronger than a normal relationship. The distance is never an issue when it comes to cheating. If someone wants to cheat on their partner, they can do that irrespective of where their partner stays.
It prolongs the excitement and anticipation in a relationship:
Another great thing about long distance romances is that there is more energy, excitement and anticipation in each meeting. Since both the people don’t meet very often, the ‘honeymoon’ phase of the relationship continues for a comparatively longer period of time.
It helps both the people to know each other better:
I love how both the people gradually get to know each other, not by spending time with each other in person but by understanding the little changes in each others tone and the way they talk. One of my friend’s could tell if her boyfriend was smoking or not at that point of time by just hearing him talk. Since both the people have to rely on their ability to hear and understand, they gradually become more compatible than most couples.
It acts as a catalyst to emotions:
The distance does make the heart grow fonder. Men tend to be less expressive than women but the distance increases the love and passion many times over. So when they meet, all their pent up emotions and desires come through!
Both the people get sufficient time for themselves:
A lot of relationships get uncomfortable because of the constant need for attention. However, a great thing about a long distance relationship is that both the people get their own time to do what they want so there are less complications and expectations to deal with. This helps in making it last.
Special things can become extra-special:
Somehow, a long distance relationship can become very special if both the people put in a little effort. A card from your partner who lives in the same house/city/town as you will be slightly less surprising than a similar gesture from someone who lives in another city/town/country. A long distance relationship needs just a little effort to make even the most normal things seem extra special.
Both of the people can save a lot of money:
Another practical aspect of such a relationship is the amount of money both the people can save by not going on coffee dates, lunch dates, dinner dates and to bars. This money can be used as per requirements or for planning getaway trips together.
These reasons are good enough to make anyone stay in a relationship. The love, trust, understanding, compatibility and romance in such relationships make them last.