Dating in a relationship

D., professor at Oakland University and author of "There’s no such thing as a failed romance.

Relationships simply evolve into what they were always meant to be.

One thing that'll give you an advantage in the game of love?

When people feel recognized as special and appreciated, they're happier in that relationship and more motivated to make the relationship better and stronger. Make small gestures that show you're paying attention: Hug, kiss, hold hands, buy a small gift, send a card, fix a favorite dessert, put gas in the car, or tell your partner, 'You're sexy,' 'You're the best dad,' or simply say 'Thank you for being so wonderful.'"— Terri Orbuch, Ph.

That is why it is important to pay attention to what you and your partner actually do for each other as expressions of love...

not just how you feel about each other in the moment."— Jeremy Nicholson, Ph.

No matter your status—single, dating, engaged, or married—relationships take work.

And whether they end with tears and empty Ben & Jerry's or last until forever maydepend upon countless factors, but your own actions, words, and thoughts undoubtedly play a role.

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