5 Vital Tips to Make Any Relationship Last
Relationships are far from easy. In fact, they’re very difficult. They take work, commitment, and an understanding between both people.
For these reasons, you should be wary of rushing into a relationship with someone who isn’t right for you.
If you are in a relationship, you need to be conscientious and sensitive to the needs and feelings of your partner.
Here are 5 tips to do just that. In my opinion, these 5 tips are crucial to any successful, long-term relationship.
Never lie to your partner. Be up front and honest with them about what you’re doing, what you think, etc.
However, don’t be unnecessarily honest about how you’re feeling, if what you want to say isn’t constructive and may hurt your partner’s feelings for no reason.
A good rule of thumb when you’re considering saying something potentially hurtful is to ask yourself, “Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?”
This is a no-brainer. All steady relationships are built on a firm foundation of trust. If you can’t trust your partner, your relationship is doomed.
At the same time, you absolutely must be trustworthy. I can’t stress this enough. Don’t go behind your partner’s back.
If you do, you’re pretty disgusting, and you shouldn’t be in that relationship in the first place.
This is something that’s often overlooked amidst all of the cooing, flirting, and goo goo ga ga playfulness that happens early on in a relationship.
You need to be great friends with your partner. You need to share jokes, have common interests, and have compatible personalities.
If you’re going to be with someone for a while, a close friendship is a necessity.
When you begin to develop feelings for someone, you’re usually completely caught up in all of their wonderful qualities.
This is fine, but anyone can love someone for what’s great about them. The really difficult thing is to accept and love your partner’s flaws as well.
Your perfect match doesn’t exist. We all have little quirks and idiosyncrasies. You need to understand this and accept your partner for the person he or she is.
My dad told me about a guy who’d been married 60 years. When asked how he made it last so long, the man replied, “Anything that bothers me about her goes on the list. The list of things I’m not going to let bother me.” Words of wisdom.
By nature, we’re very selfish, and many people fall into the trap of constantly wanting their partner to give, give, give.
Ask not what your partner can do for you, but what you can do for your partner. Truly loving, beautiful relationships are built on generosity.
Show love, respect, and kindness to your partner through your actions, and don’t expect anything in return. If you really care about them, you already have your reward.
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About Gregory Arnold Gregory is a writer, difference maker, and personal growth enthusiast. He believes that by improving ourselves, we find true happiness and improve the world in the process.