Keeping Your Relationship Strong

Being in any relationship requires negotiation, compromise, communication and decision making. Even something as simple as deciding where to go for dinner is an example of how often you have the opportunity to work together…or work against each other.

Here are a few tips for living successfully in love:

Enjoy life. We were all kids once, so remember to call on that inner child every once in a while and play with your significant other. Having fun together strengthens your bond.

Forgive the small stuff. No one is always right and no one wants to be around someone who always has to be right.

Appreciate individuality. It’s natural for personalities, hobbies and preferences to overlap in a relationship. After all, the things you have in common are probably some of the reasons you’re together. However, maintaining your individual identities is also important. Encourage the things that make each other unique.

Do not misdirect anger. Everyone’s heard the phrase, “We only hurt the ones we love.” When people are close to us, it’s easy to take things out on them, even if they had nothing to do with it. If you have a bad day, don’t lash out at your loved one. Use them as your support system and you’ll become even closer.

Remember your love. Relationships take work, there’s no question about that, but the important thing to remember is why you’re in it to begin with. Even when you disagree, there’s no reason for the discussion to turn ugly. At its foundation, love is a deep appreciation for another human being. Call on this sentiment when you are upset to remind yourself to be kind and understanding.