Love, love, love. The very idea of a love that lasts forever is the stuff of award-winning songs, the dominating inspiration of most poetry, and the indomitable engine behind the #1 publishing genre of all times (romance).
Plus, experts continue to tout the numerous health benefits of being in love.
But, contrasted with this is the whole 50% divorce rate issue, and the fact that so many couples are so dissatisfied and just can’t seem to get along.
Sure, you hear the stories about people who’ve been married since the turn of the century or whatever, but are successful, long-lasting unions really possible for the majority of us?
“We are born to love,” writes anthropologist and author of Why We Love, Helen Fisher. “That feeling of elation that we call romantic love is deeply embedded in our brains. But can it last?”
According to a 2011 study published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, which compared brain regions activated in individuals in long-term romantic partnerships with individuals who had recently fallen in love, it was discovered that couples can not only love for long periods of time, but they can stay in love.
Here are three ways that experts say couples can keep love going, and going, and going…