Making Love Last

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Is it a Fairy Tale?
While I was doing a signing for one of my books, a woman passed by, picked up my romance novel, and immediately wrinkled her nose. “I don’t read these kinds of books,” she said.

“What do you read?” I asked.

Making Love LastShe slapped the book down on the table as if it was so far beneath her she couldn’t bear to touch it. “Something with at least a hint of realism.”

“I’m sorry for you,” I said. And I meant it. Because a good romance novel isn’t a fairy tale—it’s a snapshot of love at its finest. The complaint shouldn’t be that these books are not realistic; the complaint should be that so many of us don’t know how to make this kind of love last.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn. It’s basically a matter of behaving as we behaved when we were courting, and taking it a few steps further to establish the deeper ties that make true love an everyday reality.

Based on my experience and observations, here are some ideas to help make love last:

  1. Avoid negative thought patterns. Allowing yourself to mentally or verbally tear down your significant other is like gnawing at the bond that holds you together.
  2. Remember that this person means more to you than anyone else–including your parents and your kids. People who live their entire lives for their children are often disappointed to find that they have no relationship left once the kids head out on their own.
  3. Be more flexible and forgiving with your spouse than mere friends and neighbors. We expect our spouses to “understand” our stress or limitations (in other words, put up with our crap). Instead, reserve your patience and kindness for the person who means the most to you.
  4. Understand that relationships work on a spiral: the more thoughtful you are with your loved one, the more fulfilled and happy he/she will be, and the more he/she will be interested in giving back to you.
  5. Don’t get too practical. Some couples forego the flowers, the cards, the dinner dates and the chocolates in favor of saving money. But what’s worth more to you? A few bucks (or even a house or a car) or a relationship that will likely affect your whole life and the lives of your children?
  6. Try to do something nice for your spouse every day, even if it’s just a chore he or she typically does. These thoughtful touches will act like a hedge against the tough times.
  7. Be physical, touch a lot, even when there’s no chance that it will escalate into a sexual encounter. These little reminders that a spouse cares are nurturing to the soul and send wonderful signals to your children. Your kids will feel secure and happy because you’re secure and happy, and they’ll be more loving because of the example you’ve set.
  8. Remain loyal. Have the grit it takes to stick together through thick and thin.
  9. Be unselfish. It might seem otherwise, but life isn’t all about you, how you’re feeling and what you want. Worry more about whether you’re being a good spouse than whether your spouse is being a good mate to you, and you’ll be glad you did.
  10. Take care of yourself. You don’t have to be model-thin or in the first blush of youth, but be the best you can be—mentally and physically. In other words, be someone you’d like to be with.
  11. Laugh. Don’t take life too seriously. It’s no fun to be around someone when everything means too much and weighs too heavily.
Making Love Last was last modified: December 28th, 2016 by Brenda Novak

6 Responses to "Making Love Last"

  1. Darla Peymont  Monday, May 17, 2010 at 9:06

    I’m new on here, I hit upon this site I find this article really valuable and its helped me out a lot.

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  2. Wilbur Porter  Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 5:12

    So sensitive you must be. Very nice article. Thank you.

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  3. Jerry Bolton  Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 4:56

    You have a wonderful sense of love and how to make it worthwhile to both parties. I admire you and your energy to relate and educate people. It is sorely missed in this world these days.

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  4. Simon French  Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 17:32

    Great article, lots of useful information.

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  5. Elizabeth Agiantritis  Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 15:30

    This is very sound advise for any married couple.

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  6. Vicki Thomas  Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 3:16

    You nailed it but I think a little time needs to be devoted to *Communication* not *romantic* It is necessary. Make sure you go out on a HOT date afterwards but these issues need to be addressed, if not…..resentment and frustration set in.

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