A new survey from my colleagues at YourTango.com has debunked some long-standing myths about relationships, chiefly that couples are always fighting about sex and money.
The survey results also revealed the primary reason couples (both heterosexual and homosexual) breakup is because of communication problems, followed by loss of intimacy and infidelity.
As a Dating / Relationship Coach and member of the YourTango.com expert staff, I regularly write and speak about the importance of communication. Effective communication is the cornerstone for successful relationships.
Aside from communication, couples should assess their relationship in the following categories: attraction, accountability, lifestyles, laughter, passion, security, support, unconditional love, and lastly, life goals and relationship goals.
After 10 blissful years of marriage, I can say this with certitude: my husband and I have a successful relationship because of our mutual adoration and because we are a compatible match, especially in the aforementioned categories. Consequently, it takes more than unconditional love to keep a marriage together. Relationships require constant communication, action, acceptance, and attention.
I would like to turn the discussion over to you. What do you need from a romantic partner? What makes your relationship successful?