DEVELOP EMPATHY AND REALLY LISTEN TO EACH OTHER.
Good communication often starts with a desire to understand other points of view. How many arguments have you had that have just spiraled out of control because no one is really listening or attempting to understand? I think one of the most important things we can all do, whether for a relationship or not, is to develop a strong sense of empathy and compassion. Grudge-holding, bitter thoughts and and negativity towards others will only backfire if you hold onto it. Communication is one of the strongest things that can help a couple bond well. Learn to communicate your thoughts clearly so your partner can understand how you feel and also listen when they are trying to talk to you too.
SPEND QUALITY TIME AS A COUPLE REGULARLY.
It might be easy to slip into a mundane routine, especially if you and your significant other live together. However, you don’t have to drastically change your life, go on expensive dates or adrenalin-fueled adventures to make a big difference in your relationships. Put aside one day a week for a ‘date night’ and aim to do something totally different together every week. Eat and cook together or try out a new hobby, play games, see a movie together or just spend time talking about goals you would like to achieve and what it means to you. It doesn’t take much to spend quality time with you loved one.
SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH YOURSELF REGULARLY.
A good relationship should be balanced. Don’t give all your energy away or give up on the hobbies and things you love doing. Of course, relationships inevitably involve compromises, but make sure your own happiness is never suffering as a result. Go out with your friends and have fun too, make good friends that can influence you positively.
DON’T EXPECT YOUR PARTNER TO COMPLETE YOU.
You should feel amazing just as you are. If you look for qualities in your partner that you think you lack, it could put a strain on the relationship. Sometimes we can expect too much from our partners. Yes, you should feel happy with your partner, but you should not depend on someone else to make you happy. Happiness is something that should come from inside you. Yes, a relationship might enhance your life, but it should never complete you. Your happiness solely depends on you.
APPRECIATE THE LITTLE THINGS.
When you’ve been together for quite a while, it might seem easy to take your partner for granted. Say “thank you” more, tell them you love them, or send cute texts (in moderation of course). Let your partner know how much he/she means to you so they never feel taken for granted. This is probably one of the most important tips for a strong relationship. It doesn’t take much to show how grateful you are that they are in your lives. Remind him/her of how blessed you feel to have met them.
UNDERSTAND HOW YOU BOTH EXPRESS YOUR LOVE.
Now this is where Love Languages comes in, incase you missed that series, click on this link to read(there’s also a free gift attached). http://loverealities.com/does-your-partner-know-your-love-language
Some people express their love for others through lots of hugs and physical affection. Other people might show their love through action and small gestures. Others might surprise their significant other with event tickets, meals and other romantic gestures. Find out how you partner likes to express their love. Don’t take it personally if, for example, they don’t hug you all the time or surprise you with adventurous dates. Alternatively, if you’re aware of how your partner likes to receive love, you can adapt accordingly and show your love in a way the other person would like to receive it.
LEARN TO FORGIVE.
This is probably the most important thing, because your partner is bound to get you upset on a regular basis, but what matters is how you let go of the hurt you cause each other and moving past it. Don’t let resentment build up over the years. Holding grudges will only backfire on you and hurt your relationship in the long run. Forgiveness is key to any strong relationship, so if there are things that are still playing on your mind, talk them through with your partner and work on yourself to find it in your heart to forgive.
I’ve only skimmed the surface here, but if you have any more tips for a strong relationship, please share your thoughts, comments and words of wisdom….
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