How does a couple really maintain a sense of happiness and intimacy in a relationship? How is it that the strongest couples are able to sustain their love and romance throughout the duration of their lives together? It’s not easy – and those who are in the know definitely know that love is always going to require lots of hard work and dedication.
It’s a rare thing to find these days – a couple with a chemistry and a love so solid that nothing is ever going to be able to topple that relationship that they have. So what is it that makes these kinds of couples and relationships so special? Why is it that these couples seem to find more success than other couples? What parts of their relationships do all other couples have to emulate for themselves?
Well, there is no specific guidebook or user manual that you can turn to whenever you are experiencing some hardships in your relationships. All relationships are different, and it’s very important that couples are able to acknowledge their identity and figure out what best works for them. What may work for one relationship may not necessarily work for another; and that’s all a part of what makes us unique human beings.
But given our individuality, there are just certain trends and commonalities that you can find between the strongest and happiest couples. It’s all just a matter of being able to figure these things out and adopting them for your own relationship. You always want to be giving yourselves the best shot at actually lasting forever; and that starts with practicing good habits on a consistent basis as a couple. Here are some of those things:
1. They always go to each other first when there is good news to share.
And that goes for bad news as well. Whenever there is important news to share in general, the healthiest couples always make sure to turn to the ones they care about the most – each other.
2. They never fail to express their gratitude for each other.
You must always make it a point to consistently make your partner feel like you are thankful for having them in your life. You would never want them to think that you are merely taking them for granted. You must always give validation to their efforts for your relationship.
3. They regularly engage in activities and hobbies together.
Healthy couples never stop trying to connect and bond with one another – and they are always looking for new and creative ways to really connect as a couple. So they usually engage in hobbies and activities that they can explore together.
4. They stay honest and realistic with one another.
The healthiest couples are never dishonest with one another. Honesty in a relationship is a huge indicator of compatibility and respect. And you can never have a healthy relationship with a person who you lie to.
5. They both exhibit a willingness to work hard for their relationship.
All relationships are going to require substantial hard work. And that’s why the couples who recognize the necessity of actually working hard at their relationships are the couples who tend to really last until the end.
6. They spend lots of quality time with one another.
Time is something that we only give to the people who are most important to us. And so the more time you give to your partner and your relationship, the more valued your partner is going to feel.
7. They both respect each other’s individuality and personal interests.
Just because you get into a relationship doesn’t mean that you give up your individuality. The both of you should still be living your own individual lives – and you should both be supporting one another while doing so.
8. They accept one another as is.
You should never try to change your partner. You should never make your partner feel like they aren’t being enough for you. Yes, you can motivate them to be better. But you can’t pressure them to stop being who they really are for your own convenience.
9. They make it a point to manage conflict maturely.
All couples are going to have arguments. All couples will have disagreements. But the strongest couples are the ones who really know how to manage conflicts healthily and maturely. They always maintain open minds and they genuinely try to meet each other halfway.
10. They always trust each other.
You must always be able to trust and rely on your partner. You must both be able to prove to one another that you always have each other’s backs – and that neither of you are going to do anything to hurt the other.
11. They practice patience and understanding with one another.
We are all human and we are all imperfect. You are bound to do something wrong in your relationship – and so is your partner. And that’s why the both of you must make it a point to always be as patient as possible with one another.