We appreciate things more when we have some distance from them.
However, an open-ended or very long break may be a sign of a larger problem.
But I do think that if you and your partner are considering a break, especially one that involves seeing other people, maybe you should also consider a full breakup. A break seems like a test drive for a breakup, and I imagine that the feelings equity in most breaks is often lopsided.
If you feel like your partner is pulling away and wants to take a "break" while you'd like to work things out, maybe listen to your heart.
She expects him to change…and he expects her to stay the same.
Another good thing to consider: Are you and your current SO going to hook up with each other while on a break? I am not a relationship expert, I definitely don't think that all breaks are bad, and I am not advocating that couples break up as soon as they hit a bump in the road.
Last but not least, when it comes to relationships, there are never any guarantees.
What a person should avoid though is being in denial of the things that are glaringly obvious to them.
You’ve probably heard of couples who’ve been dating for years before marriage, and then it takes only one year of marriage to send them scrambling for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences” as a reason. Weren’t they aware of those irreconcilable differences before marriage?
So the irreconcilable differences just fail to get mentioned during those thousands hours reciting poetry, breaking out in dance and following the moon together as they chat on the phone. Boy meets girl, falls in love, starts a relationship…Somewhere along the road, the girl notices there’s a trait in the guy she doesn’t like, but she compromises, and compromises and compromises…according to the sunk cost fallacy, she goes ahead with the marriage because she has invested so much of her time, emotions and (in the case of a conservative society that frowns upon dating) maybe even her reputation.