For love to be everlasting and eternal, every one should be aware of the different stages of love and know its significance. The following are the different phases through which you will travel in your love life, and only those who pass these stages will have endless love.
Attraction can be defined as something which is more than friendship and is a step towards getting ready for a relationship. Now, attraction is of two types.
a. Physical Attraction
This happens when your body reacts to another person. Your heart rate increases, temperature rises, palms get sweaty, stomach flutters, throat tightens, etc. This is what will tell you that you are ready for the first contact, and also whether you are comfortable in the company of the other person.
b. Emotional Attraction
This develops next if the circumstances are right. After being drawn to a person physically, you then begin to come closer. If you find you have things in common―hobbies, ideologies, career, education, or some other common ground―then an emotional attraction starts to form. Sometimes an emotional attraction can occur even when a physical attraction does not. And in this case, the bond will be stronger between the two who connect, since no preconceived notions based on physical appearance has occurred.
Intimacy is something a person experiences when you learn to trust and believe your lover. It is a close association with another person of the deepest nature. You share you thoughts, feelings, and dreams. You feel free to discuss everything with this person and you are absolutely comfortable in his company. Thus intimacy develops gradually. If you can't establish intimacy with your partner, your relationship may work for a while, but is unlikely to endure the years. Intimacy is actually the path to a true, healthy, and beautiful relationship.
Romance is the essence of a relationship. Without romance, your love life will not exist. Romance is the true identity of your love. It brings out your true self, and helps you be a better lover, husband, and partner. Romance is a celebration of the life you live as part of a couple. It springs naturally and originates from within your heart. It makes you do things that you possibly couldn't have imagined to do otherwise. It shows you who you are, and reminds you of the role you play in a relationship. Romance is not responsibility, but is caring about your responsibilities towards your lover and partner. Romance is the appreciation of two people who are celebrating the lucky coincidence that they found each other.
The third stage is passion, which basically means a desire for another person, which has grown to an intensity that can't be ignored. This is often where an emotional relationship turns into a physical relationship. The passion stage is very important. For from here you will understand the true meaning and nature of your relationship. If there is no passion then it's best to let go, but if there is passion in your relationship then it is time to go on to the next stage.
The last stage is commitment. This is when you know that you want to spend your whole life with this person you love, and you can do anything for him. It is when your whole world just revolves round your lover, and you take a pledge to remain true to your mate throughout good and bad times, be by his side whenever he needs you.
Thus, remember all these stages if you want your relationship to last forever. Believe me, love is worth the effort. All the best!