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5 Habits of Successful Couples

How to love and cherish each other through the years

4. They accept the challenges of aging. In good relationships, partners accept that vulnerability comes with the years. They take care of one another as they deal with physical challenges of aging and feelings of mortality. They share their thoughts on what lies ahead, and they have a rock solid belief that their partner will be there for them no matter what happens. The mature partners who face the future as true collaborators and helpmates forge an amazing relationship.

5. They stay physically connected. Demonstrations of affection and attraction never go out of style — and neither does sex. Older couples who still touch, kiss, snuggle and, yes, create an erotic environment are the complete package. Granted, things change: Illness, medication and life crises might get in the way of the kind of passionate romance you had 40 years ago. But the happiest couples are those who have found a way to combat the physical and emotional obstacles and maintain a physically satisfying and sensual relationship. It's an essential component to keeping the connection alive and strong.

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