Being in a relationship should be easy. When you to feel a deep sense of romance, you’re close to having it made. But – as life goes on – a relationship can be challenging at times. Especially when certain parts of the happiness you share aren’t 100%….
There are many ways to make a relationship work. You can see them as ground rules to apply from both ends, for you to give and understand more of each other. Both partners have to be willing and able to invest time and be open to changes that might benefit them for their relationship to remain healthy.
Make an effort to communicate more. Try talking about the things that amaze you, the feelings you have and keep on trying to involve your partner in your fascination. It will ease the way when you approach more difficult topics in your talks. Even if you’re upset, just be honest about it and let your partner know that you’re upset. Don’t leave them to guess otherwise. Being clear and to the point will make your partner understand more of you and the situation. Also, don’t forget to mention that your partner makes you happy 🙂
Be true and love yourself. You’ll be so much more happy if you feel comfortable in your own skin.
Honesty creates an bond of trust. Be honest in thoughts, words and action. Little lies can cause more harm than you can imagine. Try not to hurt your partner.
Is your relationship healthy?
Every once in a while it’s good to check to see how you’re feeling about your relationship. We’ve drawn up a checklist in the form of questions with a focus on romance and sex, but they can apply to friendship or any other kind of relationship. After you have gone through the list and answered yourself, it would be helpful to answer them from your partner’s point of view.
- Do you like spending time together?
- Does your partner listen to you and respect your thoughts and ideas?
- Does your partner give you space to be with family and friends?
- Does your partner respect you have passions you don’t share together?
- Does your partner respect your differences?
- Will you tell your partner if something they do upsets you?
- Do you feel comfortable sharing intimate thoughts and feelings?
- Can you tell your partner what you like sexually?
- Can you talk to your partner about birth control and/or safer sex?
- Does your partner make an effort to share time with your friends and family?
- Is your partner proud of you, your accomplishments and successes?
Relationships can be complicated, but if you answered ‘Yes’ to all of these questions, there’s a good chance you’re in a healthy relationship. If you answered ‘No’ to three or more questions, you might ask yourself if your relationship is still healthy. Follow the Love For Life Blog for Part #Two, how to reap the benefits of a healthy relationship.