Can long-distance relationships actually work? If you're in one now or have ever wondered if physical distance is a surefire relationship-killer, you're definitely not alone. In fact, according to research by Google of the top searches in 2017, "How to make long distance relationships work?" was the most-asked question about relationships. So not only does it indicate there are probably a ton of LDRs happening around the world these days, but people that are in them — or contemplating them — are willing to put in work to make them last. So what's the best way to have a successful long-distance relationship?
"One of the keys to a successful long distance relationship is to maintain healthy levels of intimacy and closeness," Behavioral Scientist, Clarissa Silva, tells Bustle. "Some couples use video chats, audio files, and snail mail as ways to compensate for the lack of being able to physically be in the same room. Try adding creative elements to what you already do."
But that's not all. With long-distance relationships, communication and support are extra key since you can't be there for each other IRL all the time. Here are seven ways to make long-distance relationships work, from sending snail mail to setting a timeline with your partner for the future.