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Should Love Take Work?

Labor of Love: Should a Relationship Take Work?

The end of a relationship's honeymoon period typically comes with a realization that your partner can in fact do some wrong. It may start to bother you that he's not as social as you'd like, tunes out when you're venting about friends, or has irresponsible spending habits. And as time goes on, and you start to take each other for granted, it might take more effort to make time for date nights, sex, or other romantic moments.

For some, these bumps along the way are signs that something's soured, but others accept them as relationship realities that couples need to work out with counseling, occasional drawn-out arguments, or old-fashioned compromise. This Labor Day, I'm curious: do you think love should take work, or should we strive for seamless partnerships?

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