Is your marriage or relationship starting to hit rock bottom? Is the thrill gone? Looking for a way to bring back the spark?
Check out this interesting article written by Jazmine Denise, a New York City based Lifestyle & Relationship writer, discussing four different types of love that you and your partner may need to work on to make your relationship strong and healthy again.
Jazmine Denise writes:
There are four different types of love that a human can experience which include Storge- an affectionate kind of love often shared between family members, Philia- a love that comes as a result of a strong bond between friends, Eros – the form of love that many know as romance or intimacy and is commonly associated with being “head-over-heels”, and Agape- an unconditional love.
In most cases they start off in the Eros phase, however it should gradually mature into Agape. Any relationship solely based on Eros love will fail.
Theories suggest that if a relationship never reaches Agape love it cannot thrive, which makes perfect sense. Agape love is the glue that holds a couple together. When life becomes more demanding and pressures begin to swell, unconditional or Agape love is absolutely crucial to the survival of a relationship. It is what gets you through those rough patches and difficult seasons.
In order for a healthy relationship to last all four types of love should be present. As a result of the four present loves will come patience, dedication, respect, fidelity, communication, generosity, honesty, willingness to change. Strong relationships don’t just “happen”. They are formed when two people make a conscious decision to work at it and love one another unconditionally.