Who wouldn't want to take a vacation in the land of love filled with googly-eyes, heavy petting and poop-free conversations? At this point, you're no longer in the honeymoon phase and are now reliant upon each other to be the cheerleaders of your relationship.That doesn't mean your social circle doesn't love what you’ve got going on, it just means they don't need the play-by-play of your magical night with a bottle of wine and watching “Chocolat.”During the honeymoon phase, you literally feel like you just took a big hit of Whitney Houston as she serenades you with “I Will Always Love You.” These intense feelings of attraction and ecstasy are hypothesized to be caused by elevated levels of nerve growth factor (NGF), which increases euphoria and connection.Before you become acclimated to your partner over time, you can't help but put them on a pedestal.You say outrageous statements like, “You're the best thing that's ever happened to me,” and “What would I do without you?It’s no secret that maintaining a relationship takes hard work and dedication from both parties.But, when a couple lives hundreds or thousands of miles apart, keeping a romance going becomes even more difficult.
You and your partner agree on everything, you want to do the same activities on the weekends and you always look great and shiny and happy. Can you tell the other person you’ve got a terrible case of food poisoning without feeling embarrassed/like you want to die?They call this the honeymoon stage, because in olden days we’d be married by now and going on honeymoons. After you’ve been together for a while and get comfortable, however. Can you waltz over to his/her house when you’re having a bad hair day?Most importantly, can you ugly cry (and regular cry) in front of this person?Perhaps the biggest early obstacle to any relationship is one that few ever see coming: the end of the honeymoon period.That initial magic starts to fade, the rush you got when your partner entered the room disappears, and everything just seems less… When you’re caught up in a brand new relationship it’s hard to imagine that this could ever happen, but it’s pretty hard to avoid really.These are questions you’ll ask yourself once the honeymoon stage is long gone and you find out whether or not this relationship has legs.If you can get through these rough patches, you’re well-equipped for long-term love.That means that it takes people by surprise, causing many to mistake the end of the honeymoon period for the end of their entire relationship, to mistake the loss of excitement for the loss of love.And that means that plenty of people are giving up on great relationships purely because they’ve made the natural progression to the next level and things have changed slightly.The relationship still feels fresh and exciting, and you’re constantly learning new things about each other and having first experiences together. That person that was so exciting a few short months ago is suddenly there every day.But there comes a point when suddenly you’ve done all that stuff together already. And it feels like they’ve been there every day for an awfully long time. Your girlfriend is boring and flawed, and that girl you don’t know is probably perfect and exciting.