With any distance between two people who love one another, it can be challenging to spend quality time together. Whether you are an hour away from your loved one, or are oceans away, there is a secret to spending quality time together that can strengthen and unify your relationship for lasting success.
Distance Develops Deeper Bonds
The Journal of Communication published a study that explains relationships that have to battle distance develop stronger bonds than those who are geographically closer. While couples who live closer together have the ability to be face-to-face, couples that are farther apart have to overcome the obstacle of location. By using media outlets available, they develop a deeper bond of intimacy by continually communicating affection to maintain closeness.
Set Up a Specific Time to Talk
Being in a long-distance relationship can often bring up feelings of jealousy. The key to counteracting the green monster is to set up a specific time to talk and spend time with another. There can be many distractions of work, friends, and living in separate worlds, but by setting up a time to talk, you can create a deeper bond of trust and assurance that you are there for one another.
Be Present When Talking
Surviving long-distance relationships is about being present when talking with one another. Learning to be present in conversation even miles away gives you and your partner understanding of being there for one another. By actively listening to your partner and giving your full attention, you can spend good quality time together.
Good Communication Over Constant Communication
In the age of technology, it can be tempting to message your partner all the time. The secret to a healthy long-distance relationship is to develop a habit of good communication over constant communication. When you set up times to talk and be present, it helps develop communication that fuels intimacy, understanding, and the simple act of listening with intention.
Miles Make No Difference In Relationships Satisfaction
Contrary to popular belief, relationship satisfaction has little do with location proximity. Researchers at Queen’s University in Ontario and University of Utah studied the difference between geographically close relationships and those that are long-distance. The study concluded that miles did not make a difference in relationship satisfaction; in fact, distance actually predicted greater intimacy and communication.
Balance is Key
Long-distance relationships can be incredibly challenging with many factors against you. Yet, the studies show that those who develop quality communication are the ones that create more intimacy and understanding in their relationship.
Communication is key in any relationship, but all the more crucial when you are miles away from being face-to-face from your partner. Learn to balance your individual lives and to communicate with an open heart, understanding, and the willingness to continually learn from one another to develop even greater intimacy.
About The Author
Jennifer Craig is a longdistance relationship success story. She started SurviveLDR for women who want to survive and thrive in long-distance relationships. For more advice on how to make long-distance relationships work, follow her on Instagram, like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.