It’s challenging to be in a relationship as a growing adult, regardless of whether you wake up next to your significant other every day or whether that person is on the other side of the country. Dating long-distance can be very emotionally draining, but it can also make your relationship stronger than you ever imagined. As someone who spent the last year and a half dating a guy that lived 2 thousand miles away, I feel like my relationship now is so much better because of that experience. Here are 7 benefits of being in a long-distance relationship.
1. You spend so much time talking. So. Much. Time. You miss them all day, all the time. It’s like a dull ache that you can actually feel physically. But when it’s another 3 or 4 weeks until you’re together, you have to deal with it somehow. So there’s a lot of late nights on the phone. You don’t even have to be talking about anything important or consequential. You’re just talking about silly things and making each other laugh and smile enough that you almost forget you’re not together. You learn about them. Their fears, their worst habits, their worries, their hopes, their favorite teacher from elementary school. You talk about a lot of things and reach a deep level of trust that might have taken a long time to reach had you been physically together every day.