For most people, a long-distance relationship means the beginning of the end. But sometimes it's a GOOD thing . . . if you put work into it. Here are the six unexpected benefits of being in a long-distance relationship.
1. If you get through it, your relationship can survive anything. Not many things make a relationship harder than living far apart. So if you handle it, and all the trust issues involved, you know you're ready for almost anything.
2. You become a better communicator. People who live apart have MEANINGFUL conversations more often. When they get a chance to talk, they make it count.
3. You learn to be independent. We all hate friends who get in a relationship and suddenly can't do ANYTHING without their significant other. People who live apart get plenty of "me" time . . . and there's no one around to guilt trip you.
4. You get really good at planning things. When you have to schedule a call just to say goodnight before bed . . . you become a good planner in a hurry.
5. The relationship goes beyond sex. The non-physical stuff is what makes relationships last . . . and when you're apart, you're forced to focus on it.
6. You get to travel. When you finally see someone long distance, you do things to make it memorable . . . the stuff normal people never get around to.