Someone who has only dated around and hasnt been in a committed relationship before may absolutely consider seven months to be a long-term relationship. Someone who has had multiple relationships that tended to last over a year at the minimum may not consider seven months to be a long term relationship.
What does a long term relationship feel like?
Happy long-term lovers are emotionally and socially intelligent. They nurture positivity and dont get lost in negative reactivity with each other. They are generous, fair, and kind, practicing what I call “relational virtues.” When they hurt each other, these successful partners apologize.
Why do marriages fall apart?
There are obvious reasons -- domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, extramarital affairs, totally -- but what ends most marriage is something less apparent: Failure to accept the person you are married to, yourself or the relationship for what it really is. So many couples meet, date, fall in love and marry.