A romantic, happy and healthy relationship is one of the best things some people want in their lives. I have seen many of my friends wondering and pondering about how to strengthen their relationship. While looking at other couples’ happy pictures, they often wonder why their relationship isn’t happening? They often try their best to make their relationship a happy and strong one but things turn unexpectedly. Though I am not a relationship expert, there are a few things that I think can improve relationships.
You can give the below-mentioned a try to strengthen your relationship.
1. Trust Each Other
Trust is one of the things that strengthens any and every relationship. Whether or not yours was love at first sight, if you don’t trust your partner, things will never improve. There will always be some or other misunderstandings in your relationship. Your partner may feel skeptical in sharing even a little detail with you. Similarly, you may not be able to open your heart in front of your partner.
Now, trust isn’t one-sided, it should be from both sides. So if your partner puts his/her trust in you, it is your responsibility to keep it intact. Never do anything that may break his/her trust. The day you break his/her trust, is the day when you lose a part of him/her.
2. Spend More And More Time Together
Did I miss saying the phrase, out of sight is out of mind? If your relationship is more about fighting and not loving, then why don’t you try spending more time together? At first, it may not show much improvement but then you will realize why meeting in person is worth it. Amidst busy schedules and never-ending responsibilities, the best you can do is spare some time for your partner.
Even if you are in a long-distance relationship, you can still plan to visit each other once in a while. You can also plan virtual dates or chat more often. These days video calls are one of the blessings in disguise for people who can’t meet in person.
3. Put In Genuine Efforts
A relationship without genuine efforts is just like a tree without any leaves. No matter how many tips you read, if you don’t put effort into your relationship, all will go in vain. When I say putting effort, it should be genuine and positive. Instead of ordering gifts for your partner, you can walk the extra mile and give them in person. Or you can learn a new recipe and make a delicious dish for your partner.
4. Practice Gratitude
Gratitude is something that one needs to practice even in a romantic relationship. At times, it is obvious that you may not say thank you to your partner for things he/she does. Saying a thank you can make your partner feel that you genuinely appreciate him/her. Even if it is for doing the dishes or believing in you, express your gratitude to your partner. This will eventually strengthen your relationship.
5. Make Room For Healthy And Open Conversation
A couple that talks often in a healthy manner is the one that stays together in the long run. When you stop talking to your partner, it eventually leads to misunderstandings and grudges. The more you talk, the more you will understand each other, and hence you will strengthen your bond. Moreover, try to listen to your partner, when he/she is saying something to you. So, if you are tired of fighting with your partner, start talking about each other’s day, share your thoughts, feelings, and opinions.
6. Set Some Personal Boundaries
Just because you are dating, doesn’t mean you don’t need to have any personal boundaries. As an individual, you are allowed to set up some personal boundaries. Even if you two have been together for decades, there will be times when you may have some disagreements. You can always let your partner know if his/her actions or words bother you and that’s okay. Defining boundaries will always keep your relationship comfortable and relaxed.
7. Motivate And Support Each Other
Always remember you and your partner are a team and so it is important to motivate and support each other. You may not have the slightest idea but your partner may see you as his/her biggest support. Encourage your partner to be the best version of himself/herself and support him/her for the same. When you do this, your relationship will always withstand the test of time.
8. Respect Each Other
Mutual respect is as important as staying true to your partner. Even if your partner surprises you often or you had the best honeymoon, without mutual respect your relationship is empty. This is because when there’s mutual respect, you avoid doing anything that would hurt one another. You see your partner as a part of you. There could be times when you may love your partner but won’t feel like being in love with him/her. This is when mutual respect still binds you together. The day you stop respecting each other, is the day when your relationship actually ends.
9. Go On Trips Together
Going on trips together is one of the best ways to strengthen relationships. Exploring places with your partner away from the chaos can bring you closer. You will be able to know each other and most importantly spend time together. Even if you are in a long-distance relationship, you can still go on a trip at least once a year.
Above all, the way you treat yourself is the way you treat your partner. When you love yourself, you are very likely to be a loving and caring partner. Moreover, treat your partner as a part of you. When you do this, all problems will stay at the bay.
Also read: The Love That Consumes Me
Prerna loves to write and shower love on animals. She enjoys reading and exploring places. Though sweet in her pictures, at times, she is difficult to understand. Being a strong believer in hard work and karma, she loves solitude and peace. Apart from this, she loves petrichor and harmony and wishes to achieve her one and only ataraxia for a lifetime.