Want A Guarantee for A Loving Relationship? One Word

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Founder, Divorced Girl Smiling, the place to find trusted, vetted divorce professionals, a podcast, website and mobile app.

I have written many articles on the importance of trust, respect, attraction and other things needed for a healthy, loving relationship. But couples will not be able to sustain these things without one component. In other words, what’s the one word that makes the difference between staying happy together or being unhappy together and/or getting divorced? Read this Week’s Love Essentially!

Can one word mean the difference between a good relationship and a bad one?

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

Why are some couples blissfully happy together while others run the gamut from not-so-thrilled to completely miserable? Why do certain marriages last a lifetime while others crumble in divorce?

What differentiates happy, healthy romantic relationships from unfulfilling or even toxic ones?



The answer might be as simple as one word. Let me explain.


Last year, someone I know went on a date with someone she’d met through friends.


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She was excited about him, thought they had a great time at dinner and eagerly awaited the text or phone call she thought was coming from him to ask her out for a second date.

But, to her dismay, it didn’t happen. Over the next few weeks, she got random texts like, “Hope you’re doing well,” and the occasional picture of him on vacation.

When she texted to him the idea of getting together again, he’d offer only vague responses. She sensed aloofness and disinterest but she was conflicted by the fact that he kept texting.

Understandably, she was disappointed and frustrated.

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    Jackie Pilossoph is the Founder of Divorced Girl Smiling, the media company that connects people facing with divorce to trusted, vetted divorce professionals. Pilossoph is a former NBC affiliate television journalist and Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press features reporter. Her syndicated column, Love Essentially was published in the Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press and Tribune owned publications for 7 1/2 years. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University. Learn more at: DivorcedGirlSmiling.com

    One Response to “Want A Guarantee for A Loving Relationship? One Word”

    1. Melissa Mattes

      Is there any way to read this article without getting a subscription to the Chicago Tribune online? Thanks.


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