You can remain madly in love and consistently romantic with your partner, it just requires more work and conscious effort. Remember how Mom used to serve shrimp cocktail and fawn over your new boyfriend? Or how your friends complimented your girlfriend? In a study published in Social Science Research , researcher Spencer James found that all the fanfare during the honeymoon phase reinforces your intense love for each other, but this outpour of support eventually fades over time. Post-honeymoon phase, being with your partner becomes your reality. In the same study , Spencer found that marriage is almost always better in the beginning, and these perks of getting hitched could contribute to that perception.
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The honeymoon period describes the early stages of a relationship, when everything is new and exciting. It can include butterflies in your belly before a date, goosebumps when your new partner calls, constant text messaging and social media activity between the two of you and hours spent fantasizing about your blissful future together. It's an amazing time, but it doesn't last forever. Psychologists call the honeymoon period the "idealization" phase, explains Dr. Joy Davidson, because during this time we convince ourselves that our new partner has all the characteristics of our perfect mate.
The honeymoon period , as the name suggests, is a time of mostly-uninterrupted romantic bliss at the beginning of your brand-new relationship. Here's the thing though: I hate it. While opening up via gushy texts and hooking up for the first time are momentous romantic experiences, I could never separate them from the worry of not knowing if this guy will turn out to be a douche and hurt me in the end. And I've always dreaded hearing "Enjoy the honeymoon period while it lasts!!!