My husband was my first long term relationship. I hadn't dated before I met him. Not because I didn't want to, but because I hadn't met anyone who "fit the bill." When we decided to "make it official," things moved quickly, and before I knew it we were married with two kids. (Not exactly, but you get the picture). Although moving quickly may not be everyone's relationship method of choice, it's how it happened for us. And in that short time, I've learned a lot about ways to ensure you stay happy in a long term relationship, because it isn't always easy.
The honeymoon phase fades quickly and, whether you're married or not, long term relationships take a lot of work. Between bills, budgeting, full time jobs, raising kids, and all of the other "adult" things couples take on, it's easy to put your partner on the back burner. After all, they'll always be there right?
Not necessarily. If you're both not intentionally working at your relationship, things can get messy quickly. But luckily, it generally doesn't take huge grand gestures of affection to stay happy in a relationship. It's the small, everyday things that should become habits eventually, that make the difference between a happy relationship and a miserable one.