19 Reasons Why Long-Distance Relationships Are Better Than You Think

Age-old wisdom dictates long-distance relationships are doomed to fail. That’s a bunch of bullshit.

Long-distance relationships are difficult — super difficult — but they’re doable, and come with a huge host of benefits. Seriously! For example…

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1. Communication becomes sacred. You’ll value any and all messages from your partner infinitely more.

Getting selfies and pictures of food becomes a whole lot more enjoyable.

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2. Only being able to talk at certain times also means you get the happy jitters every time you hear your partner’s voice.

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3. And, thankfully, you’ll be so eager to catch up that you won’t bother with awkward small talk.

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4. Skype, meanwhile, becomes something you’re actually looking forward to.

Skype days soon become pillars of your week.

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5. And you two become masters of two-player apps, always excited for your partner’s next move.

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6. If things go well, distance helps trust grow exponentially.

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7. Being separate means you can master being independent and in a relationship.

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8. And you never have to feel guilty about taking “me time.”

Although chances are it’ll boil down to catching up on Netflix.

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9. Awkward moments between yourself and your other’s parents are completely nonexistent.

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10. Travel! Adventures are great, especially when the person you love is your destination.

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11. And that moment when you first see each other again — priceless.

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12. Not to mention now you actually have an excuse to do any touristy things you want, although you might be a tad distracted.

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Yeah, new city, cool. Where’s your place?

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13. But of course, even the most routine things become amazing.

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14. Gifts and surprises are now worth infinitely more than they were before.

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15. And you have an excuse to unleash your inner romantic: Handwritten letters and postcards are the best.

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16. Although you may fight, it’s often because you’ll wish the two of you just had more time together.

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17. You know, though, that you always have something to look forward to.

You know the exact number of days until you see your S.O. next.

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18. Finally, if your long-distance relationship is successful, you can rest assured that your relationship is pretty golden.

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19. And if all of this still doesn’t convince you, science says distance does actually makes the heart grow fonder.

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