Make Your Ex­treme LDR Work

Three women share how they make their re­la­tion­ships work in spite of out­ra­geously long dis­tances. And you thought driv­ing 45 min­utes to see your BF was an­noy­ing.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - LOVE & LUST - By Malia Griggs

You meet an awe­some guy, but then he finds out that his com­pany is re­lo­cat­ing him to, uh, China. A few years ago, this kind of ex­treme long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship (ELDR)

Long Dis­tance Re­la­tion­ship? Don’t worry, we know what works!

would have been an in­stant deal breaker. But to­day, ELDRs seem to be more com­mon. Ob­vi­ous rea­son: the econ­omy. It’s harder to find a great job, so when an op­por­tu­nity presents it­self, peo­ple are of­ten tak­ing it...even if it means mov­ing 5,000 kilo­me­tres away from their sig­nif­i­cant oth­ers. “More cou­ples are try­ing out these cross-con­ti­nent love af­fairs be­cause things like Face­book, e-mail, and Skype make it seem eas­ier to main­tain a re­la­tion­ship,” says Michael Mal­mon, Ph.D., a se­nior staff psy­chol­o­gist at Metropoli­tan State Univer­sity of Den­ver who has coun­selled many cou­ples in longdis­tance re­la­tion­ships. Of course, even with the best tech­nol­ogy, hav­ing your BF live ridicu­lously far away means you have to try ex­tra hard to stay close. We asked real women in ELDRs to ex­plain how they kept their re­la­tion­ship strong.

If dis­tance makes the heart grow fonder, they must be crazy in love

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