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Soaking up all the wisdom you can from relationship therapists, researchers, matchmakers, and more.

Here, we've distilled it down to the very best advice 15 experts have learned.

We can 'abandon' ourselves in many areas: emotional (judging or ignoring our feelings), financial (spending irresponsibly), organizational (being late or messy), physical (eating badly, not exercising), relational (creating conflict in a relationship), or spiritual (depending too much on your partner for love).

When you decide to learn to love yourself rather than continue to abandon yourself, you will discover how to create a loving relationship with your partner."— Margaret Paul, Ph.

For example: 'I get annoyed when I see dishes in the living room.

But what does it honestly take to make a modern romance work?

Another secret for a long marriage: partners need to commit to making it work, no matter what.

The only thing that can break up a relationship are the partners themselves."— Kelly Campbell, Ph.

Personal experience proves it too: From our eighth-grade romance to our most recent breakup drama, "love isn't easy" is a life lesson we know all too well.

No matter your status—single, dating, engaged, or married—relationships take work.

Hang out with girlfriends until late in the evening, take a weekend trip to visit family, or just spend time 'doing you' for a while. D., assistant professor of communication, Texas State University"'You are my everything' is a lousy pop-song lyric and an even worse relationship plan. Create relationships outside The Relationship, or The Relationship isn't going to work anymore."— Matt Lundquist, LCSW, couples therapist"Sex isn't just about orgasms.

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