Researchers: Long-Distance Relationships AREN'T Doomed

File this under totally counterintuitive news: Long-distance couples aren't any more likely to have relationship issues than couples who live close to each other, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. The study also found that living far apart from a loved one predicted greater levels of intimacy, communication, and relationship satisfaction. 

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Granted, this isn't totally unexpected: Back in July, a study published in the Journal of Communication also found that long-distance couples reported higher levels of intimacy. In this most recent study, researchers found that other characteristics (such as how confident subjects felt about the future of their relationship) had a much bigger bearing on satisfaction than the couple's LDR status did. 

Want to strengthen your connection without moving away from your partner? Check out these tips to steal from long-distance couples.  

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