Hot to Maintain a Long Distance Relationship: A process analysis paper.

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Long distance relationships - Do they work? Many people will shudder and cringe at the mere thought of a relationship, such as this, where other people may openly laugh and scoff at such an idea. Your parents, your friends and even the clerk at the whole foods store has probably warned you about pursuing a long distance relationship. Long Distance relationships are certainly not for everyone but for some, they are a valuable method of keeping their love alive.

These types of relationships can be extremely hard. Not only is it difficult because you can't see or talk to your partner as frequently as usual, but practically everyone you meet will have a horror story about how an LDR failed for them. If you havent yet committed to a long distance relationship and are contemplating it, know that it is a huge commitment. Make sure that you really love the other person and that it's worth it for you to make it work.

If you aren't completely committed to the relationship, things will fall apart surprisingly fast, which in turn will cause more heartache than it is worth.

Fortunately, there are ways to make the long distance relationship work. Whether your partner is deployed to a country many time zones away, or you are in your final years of medical school a couple states away, you CAN keep your relationship healthy. There are many things each of you can do to better manage the distance between you.

Depending on how far you live from your beloved, regular contact is feasible, and absence does make the heart grow fonder. Spending time away from your partner can grant you the knowledge of what your life would be without that other person, and teach you how to make the most of your time...