It's no secret that relationships require a concoction of elements to thrive. A happy long-term partnership is one that has many different scientific explanations.
Many believe the basis of a healthy romance lies in the development of security, reliability, and dependability. You stay with your partner not only because you love them, but because they're your constant in the face of variability. However, author and relationship scientist Esther Perel says that anchors of a relationship --mutuality, reciprocity, protection-- are often the things that in turn stifle desire.
According to Perel, here are the 3 steps to combating this challenge.