21 real couples reveal how they keep the spark alive in their relationship

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Anyone who’s in a relationship wants to know the secret recipe to making their love last. And while everyone’s relationship is different, there is something to be learned from those who have managed to keep the spark alive for years or even decades. 

INSIDER asked real people in real relationships what they do to keep their partnerships exciting and healthy. Their advice was heartwarming, informative, and, at times, surprising. 

Be adventurous.

It’s important to take risks with your partner to keep things interesting, said Ellanore Holbrook, who has been with her partner Nick for over two years.

Be adventurous together and push one another to try new things!“ she told me. „It’s scary but you always have the support of the other person to push you!“

Spend time alone.

It may sound counter-intuitive but Amy Bryne, who has been married to her husband Killian for three years, said that time spent without your partner is key to making it last. 

„Time spent apart!“ she said. „Killian’s been gone almost four months and I’m quite ready to have him back like NOW.“

This advice was echoed by so many people I spoke to, so it seems to stay together, you must be apart sometimes. 

Make a big move.

Going through something big was key to cementing Renée Hagerty’s two-year relationship to her partner Adam.

„When in doubt, move across the country together,“ she said. „It sounds dramatic, but it boils down to choosing to face risks together. Every time we are faced with a difficult choice, we pick what scares us most and grow through it.“

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Source: Business insider

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