I personally know several couples who dated for five years or more and finally did get married (and are still happily married). Because I might have just given women stuck in dead end relationships which will never lead to marriage the false hope that they too will be one of those success stories, and the motivation (or excuse) to hang in their for another couple of years (or more). If you’re in a relationship with a man who is unable to ask for your hand in marriage, you have two choices:1. If you are in your mid thirties, staying in a dead end relationship could be socially, and maternally, suicidal.
Ladies, before you get too excited let me tell you two things about those success stories:1. I can only imagine the frustration and pain they constantly had to suffer as year after year flew by with nothing more to show for than some I love you’s and promises of impending engagement, as they watched their friends walk down the wedding aisle one by one.
Starting a new hobby is a great way to keep your mind and body busy.
You might travel, start a new workout routine, take a painting class, start dating again, or join a hiking group.
In a nutshell, the high levels of dopamine (the pleasure-seeking hormone) combined with low levels of serotonin (the hormone that helps us feel calm and relaxed) combine to create a crafty rewards system that is nearly indistinguishable from all other forms of addiction.