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What Long Term Relationships Can Learn From Short Term Ones  

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When you see a couple that’s just fallen in love, do you envy them?

Or do you think:

Yeah, just wait. Pretty soon you’ll be fighting over money and who takes out the trash. Enjoy it while it lasts, suckers!  

Whatever your reaction to the freshly-in-love, they have something to teach us.

No, it’s not that giggling uncontrollably whenever your paramour says anything is a relationship strength.

Although giggling uncontrollably has its merits.

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There’s another trait the freshly-in-love tend to display in copious amounts, a trait seasoned relationship folks could benefit greatly from.

Picture this:

You’re hanging out with a Fresh Couple. They’ve been together two weeks. Have you noticed how they talk to each other?

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Those of us in longer relationships tend to roll our eyes at this sort of hyper-saccharine-politeness. But why is that?

Is it, perhaps, because we haven’t participated in such behavior since we were Freshies ourselves?

Lately, I’ve been noticing how polite I tend to be with people I don’t know.

I’ve also noticed that, from time to time, I tend to be a tad bit less polite with my wife.

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But how wacky is that?

My wife is the person I love the most on the whole planet.

And yes, this means that she has the capacity to drive me crazy (not in a good way) more than anyone else on the whole planet.

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But when I remember my manners, and treat her with the same level of politeness that I would a stranger, it makes everything So. Much. Better.

And, funny thing, my amped-up level of kindness has sparked a kindness revival in her as well.

What does this look like?

Saying “please” and “thank you” to each other all the time, even for little things that we do on a regular basis.

It feels great!

So now, when we see a couple of Freshies, we soak in their care and concern for each other. We see it as something to emulate, not to scoff at.

Yes, their hyper-saccharine-politeness might make us squirm sometimes, but it’s a trait worth noticing.

And practicing as much as we can.

So next time you see me giggling uncontrollably, you’ll know why…

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What do you appreciate about the Freshly-in-Love? Share your comments below!

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4 Responses to What Long Term Relationships Can Learn From Short Term Ones  

  1. jerrine egloff August 30, 2017 at 8:08 am #

    i LOVE this…I always call my hubby my boyfriend…I look in the mirror and freshen up when he is due home..or even shower and change like I would if my BOYFRIEND was coming over…tidy up the clutter..light a candle..put on some music we both like..etc…I think a lot of people “stray” from their marriage because they want to be a lover and not just old faithful…If he calls me 10 X in one day I’m flattered not irritated …he treats me like his girl friend.. not just “The Wife” or God forbid “The old lady.”

    • Z Egloff September 1, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

      Hi Jerrine, I love this! That’s so beautiful. It’s wonderful that you still have that freshie love. Wonderful!! XOZ

  2. Marcy Roth August 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    Good reminder! Also, I’m appreciating the term “Freshie” as well as the current hair-do drawings of you two. Very fun. As always, thanks for sharing valuable tips in such an entertaining way. Mwah!

    • Z Egloff September 1, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

      Hi Marcy, Yay! I’m glad you liked it. And thank you for noticing the new ‘dos! Yessss. :) XOZ

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