Clearly, we can’t speak for every couple, nor every marriage, when we say we have the “keys to lasting love.” However, many researchers have found basic qualities present in every successful, long lasting relationship. Consider these relationship ideas to benefit you and your partner now, and forever.
As if you haven’t heard it enough, communication is key to any lasting relationship! You need to be able to talk things out, tell your partner how you feel, and in return, listen to them, too. There are so many aspects of good communication, and so many aspects of your relationship that are dependent on it (sex life included!). Talk, listen, and be honest with your partner, always.
No one likes to feel disrespected. Respecting one another is not only good for your relationship with your partner, but your relationships with friends, coworkers, and bosses. Respect your partner’s wishes, believes, opinions, and of course, expect the same in return. You may respect your partner, but if they don’t respect you, you can’t have a solid relationship (or vice versa).
Seriously. Your partner is your best friend, your confidant, your lover, your family. You should be able to trust them wholeheartedly. If you’re having trouble trusting them, COMMUNICATE and talk through it. Figure out the why, and see what you can do to solve it.
We’re not saying you have to be the exact same. In fact, plenty of couple are actually opposites. However, you should be able to communicate easily, feel comfortable together, work well together as a team. You can feel if you’re compatible with someone; you can tell if you fit together, so you’ll know.
Relationships are serious business! At least, when you’re deciding to commit to one another for the rest of your lives. Marriage isn’t easy and it takes a lot of work, but you should make time to laugh. Make each other laugh. Have some fun and be silly together. Laughter not only improves your overall mood, it also keeps relationships healthy and strong.
We’re not talking a grand gesture every day here. You should make sure to express your love for one another regularly, in little and big ways. It can be as simple as doing the dishes after your partner has cooked dinner, or a bigger gesture like an unexpected gift or weekend getaway. Find little ways to remind each other that the fire still burns, and they are the love of your life.
Give & Take
You have to be flexible. That being said, your partner has to be flexible, too. There should be a good balance of give and take on both ends. You don’t want to give in to everything your partner wants, especially if it’s something you really are against. But you also don’t want to have things go your way every time, especially when it’s something your partner is really against. When it comes down to it, communication is what’s going to work here (and everywhere!). Really, that’s where every good relationship starts and ends, isn’t it? Good communication and a little give and take.