10 Steps to a More Intimate Relationship


Find Common Interests and Pursue Them Together

The seven-year itch, the witching hour when couples are said to lose interest in their relationship, isn't necessarily a myth. According to 2001 data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, first marriages that ultimately end in divorce last an average of eight years, with separation happening after seven years of marriage [source: U.S. Census Bureau]. And researchers at the University of Michigan and Stony Brook University found that couples who were growing bored with their relationship after seven years together were less close to each other and less satisfied with their marriage [source: ScienceDaily].

Nip the boredom bug before it bites by sharing experiences together. What common interests do you have? These experiences not only increase your closeness because you're actively engaging in an activity together but they also give you a shared history, and if you're lucky a few inside jokes.

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The Myth of Closure: Why Experts Say It Doesn't Exist

The Myth of Closure: Why Experts Say It Doesn't Exist

Losing a loved one through death or a breakup is always painful. HowStuffWorks looks at whether seeking 'closure' is the healthy way to move on.