So you’ve been married 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 20 years. The novelty of getting hitched and starting a life together has worn off, and you find yourself facing a dreadful possibility: that you’re stuck in a rut – and the reality that you are with each other for life.

The honeymoon phase of a relationship usually lasts from 18 months to three years. “Many relationships, even good ones, can become static or habitual,” says Richard and Kristine Carlson, authors of

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love. “It’s easy to begin taking each other for granted or to lose that wonderful spark."

But how do you keep it from getting that way? Read on and find out.


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(First published in the January-February 2006 issue of Good Housekeeping Philippines, Marriage section as "15 Ways to Keep the Love Alive": adapted for use in Female Network.)


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