It’s easy to get caught up in the butterflies and excitement of a new relationship, but is it the start of something long-term or is it destined to fade out? In other words, how can you tell if it's a fling or the real thing? Recent research offers some clues to solving the mystery:
There are many factors that can influence whether a new relationship transitions into a long-term connection. The above-cited research provides a starting point for evaluating any new relationship’s potential for enduring love.
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