Successful relationships require both partners to put in a lot of effort; if you really love one another, it doesn't feel like work. This also means that not everyone is going to understand why you do what you do; it may not make sense to your best friend why you chose to give up something you once loved for your significant other — and that's OK.The truth of the matter is there is no science to the perfect relationship.

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You know that thing you've always wanted to try, but keep to yourself? Keeping your sex life new and interesting will make you and your partner happier in and out of the bedroom. You probably went on lots of dates, brought each other to your favorite bars and hang outs, and did all kinds of things you're probably doing much less of now. But that doesn't mean you can't revisit it occasionally!

Go out and have a good time like you used to — eat, drink and be merry! Any modern man worth his weight in gold knows how sexy a strong, independent woman who can hold her own is.

Likewise, men, women like being catered to occasionally.

Now this doesn't mean you have to settle for the next best thing.

We encourage you to find that one person you just can't imagine your life without, but idealizing that person is only going to make your search more difficult.

Be optimistic; I'm a firm believer that there is someone out there for everyone.

Don't subscribe to the belief that you're going to spend forever alone or that true love doesn't exist — it does, it just takes work, which brings me to my last point: Be willing to put in the work. While it's nice to consult your girl friends or bros about relationship issues, keep in mind that every relationship is different and what works for one couple may not work for you.

Get in the kitchen and whip up a romantic at-home dinner for your woman.

A couple who can respect each others dreams and chase them together is a couple that will have a strong, lasting relationship. Be realistic, optimistic and willing to put in the work.

Despite what you grew up thinking, your prince charming isn't going to ride in on his white horse and whisk you away.

And men, don't expect to stumble across a Louboutin that's going to lead your to your princess.