I'm sure we'd all prefer to have our SOs in the same city as us (let alone the same country). It's easier to feel comforted and loved when they're right next to you, can pull you in and hold you close. Sadly, that's not always the case. But that's not necessarily something to be sad about. While distance has the capability to tear couples apart, it has the capability to bring them a lot closer. If you're strong enough, you'll be able to draw some benefits from a long-distance relationship.
1. Kisses become treasured.
You never want to let them go. You learn to be thankful for every goodnight kiss and good morning peck because you know what it's like to miss them when they aren't there. They're one of the easiest things to take for granted in a relationship, especially when you get so used to having them around. But once your SO is back in your life, you'll take every kiss you can get.
2. You learn how to communicate better.
You've got no choice. You can't shut the other person out and expect them to know what's going on—especially when they're so far away. They don't have a crystal ball they can look through to make sure you're okay. You've got to communicate problems and fears. Letting them go unresolved is willingly taking a match to your relationship, which can be detrimental when your SO is in a different state or time zone.
3. You figure out exactly how they fit into your life.
What about them do you really love? You'll find yourself missing their little quirks (like the way they stick their tongue out when they concentrate) and their bodily functions (gross, I know). You'll realize that not only do you love the super-amazing parts about them, but you love everything about them. And that's pretty cool.
4. The trust between you two grows.
Distance is a test—one that can be filled with temptation. But for a strong couple, it's a chance to trust each other even more (as if that were even possible). You learn for sure that they'll come back to you. They mean it when they tell you they'd never hurt you and never leave you. And every minute you're apart is a chance to prove that.
5. It's a chance to grow together.
There are two paths in a relationship: you change and grow together, or change and grow apart. Neither of you will be the same person forever—especially after spending time in different areas of the world. If you can acknowledge that and be aware of it, then distance provides you with the chance to make the most of it. Be supportive. Be understanding. Be kind. And you'll be brought closer than you ever were before.