Love is the greatest of all emotions and the most enduring. Let`s demystify the mystery of love by understanding the various stages.
The first step beyond friendship is when two people develop either a physical or emotional attraction to each other. Physical attraction manifests itself in the form of enhanced heartbeats, sweaty palms and butterflies in the stomach. This sets the ground for a romantic involvement.
After physical attraction comes emotional attraction. Once you feel attracted to a person physically, you start getting interested in conversing with him/her. When you realise you have common hobbies, thoughts and ideas, an emotional bond develops.
The partners then start influencing or gaining each other`s favour by lavishing attention or gifts.
This romantic attraction gives way to passion. Passion then grows to an intensity, which cannot be ignored.
This paves the way for intimacy. This is a stage where you share your dreams, your fears, your happiness and sorrows with your partner. If intimacy is lacking in a relationship, it is unlikely to last.
You then reach the stage where you pledge to be committed, honest and true to your partner, and to weather good and bad times together.
Having got this far, be willing to compromise and listen to each other.
It is better to put in much more than what you receive from your relationship. You will find that you are building a lasting bond.