KEEPING LOVE ALIVE by Herb Tannenbaum, Ph.D.


Keeping love alive in a long-term relationship is one of seven key relationship skills that couples learn about when they attend the GETTING THE LOVE YOU WANT workshop that was developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. over 30 years. The workshop makes the important distinction between romantic love and romance. People tend to think of romantic love as the only true love and when the ecstasy and intensity of romantic love ends, romance ends with it. Regrettably, the energy once invested in the relationship diminishes significantly. While we know that romantic love is a transitional state, we also believe that the energy and vitality of romantic love underscores what is possible after a couple has transcended the illusions of love and life. Having gained access to a wiser, more authentic and seasoned kind of love, couples can intentionally restore the original purpose and joy that brought them together.

Romance, on the other hand, is not a state at all. It is a conscious choice and action and, therefore, last a lifetime. It is a verb; an action that can be recreated again and again. It is the difference between life being a chore and life being a celebration!

Couples who learn to embrace their relationship, celebrate life and are pro-active about creating joy and aliveness together enjoy the benefits of romance.

The GETTING THE LOVE YOU WANT workshop teaches and encourages couples to create the feelings of joy, celebration and gratitude. Experts report that moving toward the behavior creates the feeling. Let your creative, spirited, funny, inventive, outrageous, tender, adventurous, generous, sensuous self shine and revel in ordinary and extraordinary moments of your life and the things you share with your partner.

Dr. Herb Tannenbaum is a psychologist, relationship coach and certified Imago Relationship Therapist and certified Clinical Instructor of Imago Relationship Therapy. Herb is known for his keen insights and sense or humor. He had presented the GETTING THE LOVE YOU WANT workshop throughout the United Stated. His next workshop is scheduled for September 17-18 in Amagansett, New York. For further information visit


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