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What is the key to a loving relationship?

The answer to this question is found in the question itself. What is "loving" and what does a loving relationship look like? The key to a loving relationship is showing great care for another person; respecting their boundaries; accepting them for who they are, what their beliefs, values and opinions are.

If we look at the dictionary definition of loving, it is easy to understand what that means and what a loving relationship would look like. Behaving appropriately to create a loving relationship can be challenging and difficult as we often want others to be, think and feel as we want them to be, think and feel - rather than what is naturally right for themselves.

This is the key to - and the true meaning of a loving relationship - is to respect and accept someone else for who and how they are, rather than trying to form them into the image and likeness of what we desire them to be.

lov·ing/ˈləviNG/

Adjective:

Feeling or showing love or great care.

Noun:

The demonstration of love or great care.

adjective. fond - affectionate - tender - amorous

noun. love - affection - fondness

 

 

 

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Kindness.

A longtime friend of ours shared this observation after years of trying to figure out what the successful couples that she knew had in common that unsuccessful couples did not. Her conclusion was that successful couples, i.e. happy and sustainable relationships, were kind to each other. This included by her definition courtesy, mutual respect, consideration of the other's needs and wishes, etc. She rolled it all up into 'kindness'. When we look around us now we agree with her. The happy couples that are making it through life's difficulties, ups and downs, are kind to each other. Good insight.

Arianna Huffington
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In my experience, the key to loving relationships is to be found in gaining access to the love inside ourselves. We cannot truly love another until we have learned to love and accept ourselves beyond all shortcomings.  When we accept this reality, we can fill ourselves with love and bring it fully to all our relationships. The only sure way I know to gain access to this love is by tapping the spirit within us. What we want more of -- more loving, more romance, more tenderness -- we must bring to our intimate relationships. As surely as we must bring food if we want a picnic, not hope to find it when we arrive, so surely must we bring love to our relationships rather than expect to draw it from them. As long as the expectation continues that relationships will fill our emptiness and insulate us from anxiety and loneliness, we will keep trying to find in them the lost oneness of our childhood -- and we will keep finding disappointment instead.

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