by Riley Cooper
Have you ever made stupid mistakes which destroyed wonderful relationships? (I mean, I can’t be the only one, right?)
Well, when you have had your fair share of mistakes made in the relationships that you have been in, it’s likely that you learn what behaviors you and your partner need to display so as to build a healthy, harmonious, and successful relationship.
Undoubtedly, building and maintaining a happy, long-lasting relationship requires a lot of work. It requires both you and your partner to be willing to make compromises. It requires you to treat each other with patience, care, and respect. It requires you to know the importance of loyalty and trust. But it’s also immensely rewarding since there’s nothing more beautiful and fulfilling than sharing your life with the person you love.
Here are 7 simple ways to build a happy, long-lasting relationship:
1. Always communicate openly
Honest, open communication is the key to a healthy, strong, and happy relationship. Communication is involved in every part of your relationship. It’s involved in expressing emotions, solving personal and relationship problems, buying a car or house, paying the bills, taking the garbage out, etc.
Open communication is also an essential element in understanding each other’s feelings, needs, ideas, views of the world, desires, and goals. You may think that you know your significant other perfectly well, but do you know if he/she is stressed, worried, overwhelmed, or disappointed? Do you know a hundred other things they have on mind?
Unless you and your partner openly talk to each other about your feelings, ideas, plans, goals, and problems, you’ll never be able to fully understand and appreciate each other.
2. Create a shared vision for you and your partner
In the midst of working long hours, paying bills, and doing household chores, it’s easy to lose sight of the main reasons for being together.
If you want your relationship to last, you and your significant other need to think about you as a team.
You need to create a shared vision for you, saying things, such as “We want to adopt a pet,” or “We want to buy a car very soon,” or “We want to start a family,” etc.
The best time to create a shared vision for you and your partner is at the beginning of a relationship. Doing so enables you to set a firm foundation upon which to build a life with your significant other and inspires both of you to work towards the same vision: a long-Lasting Relationship.
3. Learn to compromise
Everyone has different world views and perspectives on life. This is most obvious when arguing over anything or making any kind of decision. Sometimes two individuals agree and sometimes they don’t. When you and your partner disagree over something, don’t let it become a big, heated argument. Instead, discuss it in a calm, rational, and civilized manner.
Try to understand your partner’s world views. Respect their opinion regardless of how different it may be from your own. And never insist on having the final say.
4. Focus on your partner’s positive sides
No one is perfect. We all have whims, irritating habits, insecurities, and fears. We all have flaws.
But loving someone truly means accepting and appreciating them the way they are. It means being aware of and embracing their weaknesses and imperfections.
It means never criticizing or judging them for their flaws.
It means focusing on their qualities and making sure they know what you most love about their personality and physical appearance.
5. Stay intimate
Whether you and your partner have been together for 5 months or 5 years, physical intimacy should always be at the top of your priority list.
Physical intimacy is a vital element in forming a strong emotional bond and strengthening your connection.
It’s what keeps the flame of passion between you alive and brings excitement into your relationship.
6. Apologize when you are wrong
We all make mistakes – that’s a fact. But, part of building a healthy, happy, and long-lasting relationship is the willingness to own up to these mistakes. If you made a mistake and hurt your partner’s feelings, apologize to them. But, don’t just tell them, “I’m sorry.” Instead, try your best to put right your mistake.
7. Last but not least, never give up
Relationships are never a smooth journey. So, know that there are always going to be challenges, temptations, and trials. But, choosing and showing great determination to stay together through the tough times will save your relationship.
Riley Cooper is a professional writer who writes informative and creative articles on topics related to various fields of study. Written with love and enthusiasm, her articles inspire readers to broaden their knowledge of the world, think and get ready to act.
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