You change the oil in your car so it doesn’t poop out on you, you go to the gym so you can walk up a flight of stairs without passing out, and you feed and walk your dog so that you have many healthy years together covered in dog hair. Taking care of your relationship is kind of the same thing. You’ve gotta put some love into it to get sweet, sweet lovin’ out of it.
While there’s no surefire way to divorce-proof your relationship, there are plenty of things you can do to lower your risk—starting with maintaining the emotional health of your partnership, says Michael D. Zentman, PhD, director of the postgraduate program in marriage and couple therapy at Adelphi University in New York.
“The most common symptom that precedes a breakup is serious emotional alienation between partners,” says Zentman. “When a good emotional connection has become a thing of the past, divorce may be just around the corner.” Mayday, mayday!
Here are the simple ways you and your S.O. can create an unbreakable bond.
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