Just because the passion doesn’t stay red-hot and unrelenting doesn’t mean that love doesn’t continue. Mature love is the kind of devotion found in long-term relationships and successful marriages. In mature love, two people are together because they want to be together and not just because they feel an irrational desire or need to be with one another.

Signs of mature love include acceptance, emotional support, commitment, calmness, respect, caring, kindness, friendship, and consideration. Cementing this phase is oxytocin, sometimes called “the cuddle hormone,” because it compels you and your partner to get close and to bond.

In fact, scientific research suggests that the brain activity of couples in mature relationships is very similar to the brain activity of those newly in love. Just because you’re not pining for the person doesn’t mean it’s not true love; in fact, mature love is usually deeper and more meaningful (not to mention much more sustainable) than its younger counterpart.

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