When you are single and all you want is to get into a stable, healthy relationship, you rarely imagine that finding happiness with your partner will require any effort. But think about it: there are many unhappy couples out there, which means you have to be different if you want happiness.
1. Spend Quality Time Together
Our busy schedules can occupy all our days if we let them. But any healthy relationship needs a time commitment.
Spend quality moments together enjoying your hobbies and each other's company.
2. Show Respect For Each Other
Your partner needs all the respect you can give them, regardless of how crazy they are about you. This is a person with hopes and dreams, and they have sacrificed plenty to accommodate you.
So, even if your partner feels so lucky to have you in their life, make sure you are respectful towards them.
3. Understand That Every Relationship Is Unique
No relationship is like the other. You are two very different people, and that means your relationship will be very different.
So, don't force things you have seen in other relationships into yours. It might never work and you will be miserable and think your compatibility is the issue when it's not.
4. Resolve Disputes Peacefully
No relationship is so perfect that no dispute will ever arise. However compatible you are, you are still two very different people and you will not always agree.
So, to ensure that fights and disagreements don't get out of hand and ruin your otherwise promising romance, learn to resolve issues peacefully.
5. Learn To Listen To Each Other
It's difficult getting someone who genuinely listens, especially when people would rather be on their phones or watching the television.
So, attempt to hear your partner out, it will mean a lot. Otherwise, emotional dissatisfaction might creep into the relationship and make it difficult.
6. Have Realistic Expectations In Each Other
Don't frustrate your partner with unrealistic expectations. Be reasonable, but you can encourage them to pursue their ambitions.
7. Help Each Other Grow
As the relationship grows, the individuals in it need to grow as well. You should encourage each other towards your goals and ambitions.
When you or your partner feel that you are uninhibited in the relationship, you will be happy and will not consider it an obstacle to your cherished dreams.
8. Be Thoughtful
As they say, common sense is not very common, but it's a necessity in a good relationship. Surprise your partner with a gift every once in a while.
Be spontaneous and interesting in a way they like, and they will always be happy to have you in their lives.
9. Have Integrity
Every good and happy relationship is built on mutual trust between the partners. You should all act fairly and with integrity towards each other.
This might not seem like an especially romantic move, but it will lay a good foundation for a happy relationship.
10. Learn To Make The Best Out Of The Good
All couples face good and bad times. However, the best couples have mastered the art of using the bad times to their advantage.
When you are going through a hard situation, instead of turning against each other, use that as an opportunity to be there for each other and assure each other of your enduring commitment.
11. Support Each Other During Hard Times
You don't have to wait until you say "for better or for worse" at the altar to give each other unconditional support.
12. Stay Loyal
Just because you are in a relationship, it does not mean you are tied at the hip. You will spend some time apart.
But during these times, remain loyal to your partner. Without loyalty, you can never be happy.
Happiness in relationships is possible for those willing to put in the effort. And if you are wondering where to start, here are a few pointers to help you along.