Things You Experience During The Honeymoon Phase That Should Stick Around Long-Term

Everyone loves the honeymoon period of a relationship because it’s when all the best stuff happens. Your partnership is new and fresh, you can’t keep your hands off each other, and life is good. But why does all of that have to end just because you’ve been together longer and have become more comfortable with one another? Here are some of the highlights of the honeymoon phase that should stick around long-term.

  1. Butterflies This is one of the best parts of falling for someone new. Your stomach is full of flutters and you almost feel like you’re going to throw up when you see or even think of your beloved. These tend to fade the longer you’re together and the more familiar you get with each other, but why should they? Keep the passion and the butterflies alive in your relationship so that those butterflies still happen every now and then.
  2. Great, frequent sex Those early months when you literally have sex multiple times a day are hot and lusty and incredible. Obviously, real life will take over eventually and you’ll no longer have the time or the inclination to jump each other’s bones 24/7. However, a happy, healthy, long-term relationship should include plenty of good, solid sex. Make time for it, treasure it, and make it hot.
  3. Very few fights While it’s only natural that you’re going to disagree with your partner every once in a while, the great part about the honeymoon phase is that you rarely if ever fight. Maybe it’s just because you’re still being careful not to rock the boat or because you’re still seeing the best in them instead of assuming the worst. Whatever the reason, your long-term relationship should also keep the arguments to a minimum. Don’t be afraid to express yourself or call out bad behavior, of course, but focus on the harmony and you’ll be much happier for it.
  4. Physical affection Just because you’ve been together for months or years doesn’t mean that physical affection should go by the wayside. During the honeymoon phase, holding hands, kissing for no reason, and simply finding excuses to touch one another is the norm. Why shouldn’t that continue? Sometimes a simple hug, a hand squeeze, or another tender touch can do so much to show your partner how much you care for them.
  5. Romantic gestures The beginning stages of a relationship might mean flowers, candlelit dinners, and other romantic gestures, but it feels like the longer you’re with someone, the less often that seems to happen. That sucks! Everyone likes feeling loved and appreciated and no one likes feeling like their partner doesn’t care. The easiest way to ensure your other half feels secure, happy, and loved is by continuing the romance long into your relationship.
  6. Intense passion It’s unrealistic to say that the intense passion in the honeymoon phase is going to look the same way six months or a year down the line. It won’t because it’s not realistic. However, just because the way it looks is different doesn’t mean the feeling shouldn’t be the same. Passion goes hand-in-hand with that deep-seated companionship you’re building with your partner, and it will keep things fresh and interesting.
  7. Feeling like every day is an adventure You don’t have to be a daredevil in order to feel like every day is an adventure with your partner. You don’t have to bungee jump or scale mountains together – it’s more symbolic than that. Be spontaneous and open to new things together and you’ll never get bored with your partner.
Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill