Relationships sometimes require work. Sources such as Psychology Today confirm that those that work are the ones on which the couple works. Here are some tips to make your relationship work:
Accept Your Partner
Accept your partner totally. Total acceptance is tantamount to moving forward in a relationship. Assess yourself and your partner and where you each are in life and accept it in order to move on to the next level. Like your partner for his or her good points ad love him or her for the faults.
Acknowledge Your Partner’s Efforts & Actions
This can range anywhere from a simple “thank you” to a deeper expression of appreciation. Be supportive of each other. Let each other know you are honestly grateful for what you do for each other. Look for every chance you are given to demonstrate to your partner that you are thankful for the positive energy you receive from each other.
Communicate With Each Other
If you communicate with each other it is more likely that you will be able to share all the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional aspects of your life free of being devalued or judged. Since neither you nor your partner have mutant mind-reading powers, you have to tell each other how you feel and what you think. Experts, such as psychotherapist Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. agree, that communicating with each other is “the most important part” of any lasting relationship.
Be Honest With Each Other
Being able to trust your partner helps serves as a firewall between you and the real world. Honesty allows the two of you to takes risks that help you grow both emotionally and intimately. Be honest with each other about everything including your needs and feelings. Just don’t forget that it is always possible, to tell the truth with hurting your partner’s feelings.
Enjoy each other. Try new things. Enjoy the things that make you both happy.
Be playful and try to keep your partner smile. When you make your lover smile it actually creates chemicals in both of your brains, such as oxytocin. Oxytocin sometimes referred to as the “cuddle hormone,” will actually make the two of you feel closer.
You can reinforce your relationship in a number of different ways. You can give your partner little gifts, text or call during the day when you are apart and just be there for your partner no matter what. If you notice something that you do that might negatively impact upon the relationship work to change it if possible.
Relationships require some care if they are to succeed. Work at giving to each other to benefit your connection. You’re both worth the effort, right?