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Do you believe that relationships naturally decay over time?


In today's society there is this ingrained idea that relationships have a natural tendency to become weaker as the feelings that originated it cool down or even cease to exist. However, there are still many couples that remain together in love for decades on end. Do you believe that relationship decay is a natural tendency? And if it is, can it be avoided?

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    Guilherme Radaeli (Dakk) 19 months ago

    This is pretty much what I think. A lot of people answer with surprise when I tell them that me and my girlfriend is going strong as ever. You can't just stop charming your loved one just because the relationship has become stable.


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    Traveller004 18 months ago

    Wow! You're married. And it's a good one. I'm truly happy for you and your hubby.

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    Guilherme Radaeli (Dakk) 19 months ago

    I feel people have a tendency to forget just how important the small things are. While commitment is certainly important by itself, the feelings need to be nourished in order to keep everyone happy.


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    dashingscorpio 19 months ago

    Excellent points especially regarding flirting.

    I often wonder why so many people only regulate it towards strangers and budding new romances. Flirty & playful behavior helps keep to the magic alive. Everyone wants to feel desired!


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    Jeff Duff (jeffduff) 19 months ago

    I and my wife have been married for 22 years and I agree with your entire comment - just from the point of view of the Ol' Grumpy Bear !


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    Guilherme Radaeli (Dakk) 19 months ago

    Indeed. Having kids only puts emphasis on the necessity for cooperation in couples. I haven't gone into the subject of the effect kids can have in a relationship in that hub since I have no experience with it, but the input is very appreciated.

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    Guilherme Radaeli (Dakk) 19 months ago

    I agree. A real relationship can't just base itself off that those young feelings that you get when you start to date someone. They need to evolve over time as you get to know your partner better.


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    Guilherme Radaeli (Dakk) 19 months ago

    Yea, a relationship isn't a static entity. It needs to evolve. If people just stop caring because the relationship has stabilized then of course things will start to decay.


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    Maria Patskaliova 18 months ago

    Very profound answer! I agree with every word!


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    Live To Write (Laurinzo Scott) 18 months ago

    I agree wholeheartedly Matt ... why stay in something empty

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    Guilherme Radaeli (Dakk) 19 months ago

    Yep. There are many relationships which only keep a thin mask of being alive in order to not cause problems for the kids or startle the family, but are very much dead on the inside. This is the reason we see old people divorcing at 60 or even 70.

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    Guilherme Radaeli (Dakk) 19 months ago

    It can be avoided, but people need to invest effort into that. Like anything a relationship will die if its not properly nurtured. If a partner has changed over time, then so must the other change his/her effort to maintain the relationship.

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    dashingscorpio 19 months ago

    However isn't making an (effort) a choice too?

    If (both people) want/expect the same thing initial attraction doesn't have to fade. Maybe romance/passion aren't a priority for some folks. It may mean they chose the wrong mate for themselves. hmm


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    Guilherme Radaeli (Dakk) 18 months ago

    Finding the right person is def important, but you should always remember that you also play a huge part in making relationships work! Also, sorry everyone if I haven't been very active here lately, kinda sick.

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    Kings (Kingsley Iyoke) 17 months ago

    Hi Ephraim, you're absolutely right. Nowadays most relationships are based on lust, and that's a problem. Pure love is kinda rare these days.

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