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Chemistry.com Tip: Finding the right relationship is a challenge in itself. Keeping that relationship satisfying and successful can be equally challenging. However, if you've used the right criteria for selecting a partner and know the keys to a successful relationship, there is no reason a long term relationship shouldn't be fulfilling and lasting. Here are some ways to keep your relationship successful.
1. Communicate. Although this one may seem like a no-brainer, it takes listening skills and conversation to keep a relationship alive. Listen to your partner, ask how his or her day went and talk differences through.
2. Respect. A healthy relationship requires mutual respect. Pay attention to the things that are important to your partner and expect him or her to do the same for you.
3. Romance. Every relationship needs a little recharge every now and then. Even when you're settled and comfortable, don't forget to plan a night out or a weekend getaway to bring some excitement back into your relationship. Even something as simple as holding hands and a welcome kiss after a long day goes a long way to keeping a relationship in the romance zone.
4. Independence. Being in a happy, healthy relationship doesn't mean spending time together 24/7. Instead, each person should develop as an individual and have individual interests. Every so often, spend an afternoon out “just with the guys” or have a “girls only” event to nurture your sense of self.