Successful relationships are built on a few essential elements. According to my experience, here are the key things that one needs to do to make sure their relationship is healthy as ever.
1. SET YOUR PRIORITIES
What needs to be at the top has to be at the top, that is, your partner. Welcoming a partner into your life might mean that you would have to take some time away from a lot of things or people, it is natural.
Prioritise the things that are important in your life and involve your partner when you make such decisions so they see what they mean to you. Do not expect your life to be exactly the way it was before your relationship, things change and they are supposed to. Small compromises are required and you need to decide if your partner is worth that much. If they are, make those compromises.
2. NO SECRETS
Secrets are like underground mines. You feel that they are out of sight and mind so they can not hurt your current relationship but remember; no secrets are kept forever. Secrets tend to come out sooner or later.
Don’t keep anything hidden away from your partner, especially something you think will bother them when they find out. I am sure it is hard to face the truth and disclose your secrets to someone you are scared to lose but, if you do it yourself your partner will at least know that you did not lie or tried to hide something from them. This will help them give you a chance to present your rationale behind the secret. So take that chance and lose those secrets.
3. APPRECIATION AND VALUE YOUR PARTNER
No one likes to stay in a relationship where they don’t feel needed or appreciated. It is important that you continuously make an effort to make your partner feel special. Not just special, in fact, valued by you.
Treasure every moment you spend with them. If you genuinely feel this way, it will start to show through your actions. Remember, a partner who feels wanted will always value you. It’s human nature that they like to be praised and loved. So why not give your partner that feeling, let them feel special.
4. BUILDING TRUST
Trust is fundamental in every relationship, especially, a couple’s. It literally lays the basis of your relationship. If you have not gotten this straight then nothing you do will be able to hold your relationship together. Imagine, you want to make a building out of those building boxes, can you lay the second floor without laying the first one? Trust is that first floor. Only when you trust your partner will you be able to love them, care for them, respect them and live a happy life together.
A couple thrives to work hand in hand and this cannot be done unless you both work like partners, like friends. A couple that works on their friendship is indirectly and automatically working on their trust, dependence, support and understanding. Why do you think people say, ‘ there is nothing like marrying your best friend’? A perfect relationship is based on true friendship. You’ve got to be there for your partner like you are there for your best friend.
6. GOOD COMMUNICATION
Communication, communication and communication! The better you both are at communicating your views, opinions and concerns, the better your relationship will be. If a couple is good at everything but cannot communicate things to each other well, their relationship will continue to have problems.
Your partner is your shadow and for them to act like your shadow they deserve to know things from your perspective, only then can you expect your partner to truly understand you and the things you do.
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