Happily ever after doesn't end when you've decided to stay together. Relationships take a lot of patience if they're to go the distance. As with everything else, it's a work-in-progress, changing as you grow comfortable with each other. However, as you become more settled with your life together, you'll find that there will be times when you need to exert extra effort to keep things going.

Based on input from happy couples and a bit of research, we've collated a list of tips on how your ties can stand the test of time. If you and your man are in a bit of a slump, maybe a few may help guide you back to the right track.

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