[INFOGRAPHIC] How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Work

long distance relationships

How do over 14 million people sustain a successful long distance relationship? Check out this infographic for the answers.

Did you know that 70% of long distance relationships fail due to inadequate advanced planning? And 40% of all long distance relationships end with a permanent break up. Engaging in a successful long distance relationship can be difficult, but it is not impossible. While more than one in every two people in an LDR say that loneliness is a major factor, there are certain things that can be done to help.

Let’s take a look. There are approximately 14 million long distance relationships in the USA so a lot of people are doing it and 3% of all married couples actually live in one. A few top tips for making them work? Don’t cut yourself off from your friends and family. This is crucial. Don’t wait by the phone for your partner to call. And conduct your life as normal.

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It’s Never Too Late To Find Love

never too late to find loveI admit it – I’m a sucker for a real life love story. No, I’m not talking about the Hollywood/Disney “some day your prince will come” type of love story. I’m referring to what happens in real life when two grownup people fall in love. These types of true love stories can be so uplifting. They can restore hope to those who have given up on love. Because it’s never too late to find love. And for those already in happy loving relationships, isn’t it great to know you’re in good company?

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Date Someone on the Same Wavelength

happy marriageMichele-Marie Roberts is a single mother with two young autistic sons. After feeling frustrated with her inability to find men to date who were understanding of her often challenging life and willing to be flexible and tolerant of her situation, Roberts began WAVELENGTHdating, a dating website where people in circumstances like hers could date someone on the same wavelength. She began it in the UK, but has now established a U.S. version of the site. Note: Roberts recently became engaged to a man she met on wavelengthdataing.com! Following are a few loosely transcribed highlights of our radio interview this week. 

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Avoid the Catfish in Online Dating

kevin darneMy second radio show today was about avoiding the catfish in online dating. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a catfish is someone who poses as someone else in online dating. Often, he/she asks for money. It’s important to recognize the signs of a catfish, and my guest, Kevin Darné, shared many great tips with us. He is the President & CEO of Conation Enterprises, helping people facilitate change within in order to bring about change without. He is the author of My Cat Won’t Bark! (A Relationship Epiphany), a dating and relationship advice book which encourages the use of introspective thinking, complete awareness, realistic expectations, and self-empowerment techniques.

Kevin is also a Chicago Dating Examiner for Examiner.com providing advice and guidance in the tricky world of dating through his published articles. Following are highlights of our radio show. To hear the entire episode, click here.

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The Difference Between Compromise and Settling in a Relationship

difference between settling and compromising Hi Sandy,

I’m a divorced 44 year-old woman who was married to an abusive man. He has full custody of my kids, and I have been lonely and sad for a few years now. I want to get remarried. Recently, I met a guy online who lives 5 hours away. He has good character traits, not especially good looking, but he seems sensible. He has a good business, was never married, has no kids, and is 46 years old. He has high blood pressure and cholesterol, had cancer 10 years ago, but says he’s improving his health daily with exercise & alternative healing. I haven’t met him yet, but we are planning to meet shortly. I’m so unsure about what to do.

Do you see physical illness as a person having unresolved mental issues? My choices are narrowed down, and one of the most important things is being able to communicate, good character traits, and being a good business man.

I know I can’t be too picky if I want a good-hearted non-abusive man. I become more afraid every day, being alone without my kids, and without money. I realize that marriage is not a hospital and I don’t plan to be a caretaker, but I’m not sure if we have enough in common. Would I be settling? Should we meet or not? What do you think?

Lisa

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