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What Is It Really Like To Be In A Long-Distance Marriage?

Absence makes the heart grow lonelier.

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Whether it's because of work, school, family, or other circumstances, many married couples find they have to live apart.

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It can be long-term, short-term, or open-ended.

In case marriage wasn't hard enough, the distance adds another layer of compromise, communication, and patience.

The whole thing can be simply exhausting — mentally, physically, and emotionally.

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Really, is it too much to ask to have a little spousal cuddle session?

But! Plenty of couples make it work and find ways to appreciate their newfound space, which can ultimately make them stronger.

It's all part of the ebb and flow of lifelong commitment.

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