Being in a relationship takes a lot of work. Even if you are madly in love with each other, there are times when your differences can't help but get in the way.

But it isn't the quantity or gravity of these differences that make or break relationships. Instead, successful relationships are achieved by maintaining open communication lines and by being understanding toward the needs of each other.

Going through tough times with your man? Scroll through the gallery to find out how you could make things work!

(First published as "Happy Ever After" in the "Keep It Real" column in the "Good Family" section of Good Housekeeping Philippines' April 2008 issue. Adapted for use in Female Network. Screencap from The Vow courtesy of Screen Gems)

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