How to keep the spark in a happy relationship
Every woman wishes to have a happy, healthy relationship. You obviously don’t want a toxic relationship that offers you only harm and tears instead of love and acceptance. You dream about a kind of thing that happens in most of the romantic comedies. A relationship that is full of harmony, respect, and mutual understanding. However, such results never occur without efforts made by both partners. You have to constantly work to allow your unique bond to thrive and be successful. This article shows you a few guidelines how to achieve this.
According to an American family therapist, Michele Weiner-Davis, it is really easy to fall in love but maintaining a long-term relationship often turns out to be a challenge. You can expect so much from the other person when you start a relationship and then you are just left disappointed. you need to be prepared that you will have to face a lot of obstacles. Real life is not a romantic comedy where no matter what, a happy ending always happen. Be ready to fight for what you cherish.
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Happy couples don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. If they did, that would mean constant quarrels in their relationship and inevitable destruction of their bond. Mistakes and misunderstandings happen. If he forgot to buy what you were talking about in the morning then don’t shout at him creating this way unpleasant, tense atmosphere. Next time, just write him a list of things he should purchase and he won’t forget again. In case of any mistakes and problems, always try to find some positive sides and solutions.
Allies, not rivals
According to an American therapist Douglas C. Brooks, it’s extremely unhealthy for your relationship when you are competing with each other instead of cooperating. Competition is not bad, but definitely more acceptable in reality shows or during marathons, not between two loving partners! Don’t mistake a relationship with a battlefield because you won’t be able to show affection and enjoy your feelings. You should be always ready to stand up for your him.
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You don’t have to take responsibility for any wrong things and mistakes that are made in your relationship. However, in case of any errors, dwell on the cause of them as it may turn out that you are the guilty person and you were just about to blame your boyfriend for that. Criticising your partner for every slightest mistake that affects your lives leads to nowhere. It just creates an unpleasant atmosphere and leaves resentment and grudge. Honest conversation and analyzing problems together should be your rule.
You have a healthy relationship when you are able to trust each other. And when you trust each other you feel safe and secure. That should be your goal! If you don't allow your partner to meet other women even if he claims they are just his good friends then you don’t show trust this way. You send him the message that you don’t believe his words. You also take away all the independence that he cherished before starting this relationship. Trust is really important if you don't want him to leave you soon!
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When you are a single woman and live alone, it’s obvious that you mostly care about your own needs. However, when you get into a relationship, that thing needs to change. It doesn’t mean you should make tremendous sacrifices and transform your life so that you provide your partner with everything. That would be unhealthy. What you need to do is show your care and make your partner’s needs as equal as yours. Mutual help and cooperation - that’s the key.
A healthy relationship is the one in which you feel comfortable and can talk about anything you want. Also about some ‘awkward’, difficult subjects. And it doesn’t only concern the topics that are commonly thought to be tough to handle and popular source of quarrels such as religion, politics, and money. You should also talk about the fantasies that you could make real in your bedroom or some hidden desires and secrets that no one else knows about. If you treat this relationship seriously, then why not open up about these things?
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You cannot just concentrate on your relationship and spend every moment with him. If you want a healthy relationship that won’t transform into boredom then find some passion, something that you would also devote a lot of time too. Interesting hobbies that help you develop mean that you are also happier in a relationship. And if your partner lacks such a passion then help him find it and offer your support. Your relationship will be really successful then.
Honesty and respect
You can quarrel over many things. That’s ok. But you need to remember about respect. Mocking, teasing, ridiculing? Only when you don’t treat it too seriously. Respect, understanding, honesty, and sense of humor - these are four factors that should be compulsory when you cannot avoid another argument. This way your communication won’t turn out to be a nightmare that haunts you for the rest of the day. If you keep this in mind, you can enjoy a happy relationship.
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