The Advantages of a Long Distance Relationship
If you're in a long distance relationship like I am, you are only well too aware that there are many disadvantages about this kind of setup. For one thing, physical affection is limited only to when the two of you are together which might not be very often. Also, it's easy to fall into the jealousy trap because when you don't regularly see your significant other, it's easy to start assuming that he or she is up to no good.
The list of negatives could go on and on here but let's instead explore the advantages of a long distance relationship. Sometimes we just need to look on the bright side of things.
Is this really possible when you're not actually in the same room as your mate? While communication without eye contact and without body language is certainly different and arguably much more challenging (uh oh, another negative!), it has its advantages.
If the two of you are in a long distance relationship and only communicating by phone or through email, it forces you to really talk to one another because let's face it, what else is there to do? In person, it's all too easy to start taking each other for granted as far as conversation goes - for example, to plop in front of the TV after work and barely say a word to each other all evening. Ironically enough, couples who are in a long distance relationship might actually end up communicating more than couples who aren't.
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While in a long distance relationship, you're probably going to have to exercise more independence than your friends do who are with their significant others in person. This is not a bad thing! While independence in an "in person relationship" is possible, it's much easier in one that's long distance.
For one thing, you probably get to spend more time with friends and family. Also, if you're living alone, you'll get to decide whether you want to clean up on any particular day or not (I love this one). If you want to rearrange the furniture, it's up to you! Want to blast the music at 3am? No problem! These are just some examples.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
It's true what they say. When you're lying in bed at night and missing your love, you feel like you would give anything just to be with him or her. It's funny how during these moments you can't seem to recall any of their lesser desirable qualities - right now, he or she is just perfect. It is for this reason that in absence, your heart really does grow fonder.
Together is that much sweeter
When you finally get to see your partner again, it feels like heaven and you want to take advantage of every split second you have together. Couples who truly get to see each other every day - although it's nice, I'm sure - are at risk of taking each other for granted. They are just simply not going to be as excited to see each other after a day at work as long distance couples are who haven't seen each other in months.
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