Healthy relationships are effortless, if both the persons involved take equal effort to maintain it. Some of you maybe in a long distance relationship, some might be married, some might be engaged in a fling, or some of you might be reading this to get into a relationship.
Nonetheless, the rules of creating a balanced relationship are the same irrespective of what your status is. A successful couple does nothing different, it's just that they do things differently. A positive perspective towards life and your relationship is the first move towards building a long-lasting relationship.
Here are a few suggestions to help you build the life of your dreams with your companion and confidant.
Communication does not mean going on talking unnecessarily. This is first mistake that couples make. One person in the relationship assumes the role of talker and the other becomes the listener. Their roles remain so forever. The talker forgets to listen and the listener becomes used to listening and not reacting.
If your partner takes time to open up, help them out by asking questions. Often late bloomers, take early offense. So hear them out and give subtle reactions.
Just agree with whatever it is and there will be no harm done. Try and reach a mutual agreement, if that's not possible, leave the topic for later. If you give it time, may be both of you will be able to think about it rationally.
Each one of us keep changing everyday, the circumstances around us change everyday, and with that our attitude also needs to change. The same applies when you are living with a person.
Intimacy is a very important part of having a healthy relationship. Do not ignore your sex life (with your partner) under the garb of work pressure, children, distance, tiredness, or whatever it may be.
Respect has to be earned. It can only be earned if only you learn to respect. Often, one of the partner plays the role of a dictator, while the other simply follows. Both the persons involved are equally responsible for this mistake.
Creating a meaningful relationship takes equal effort from both the persons. Sharing, caring, being apologetic, forgiving, and having realistic expectations are some of the important ingredients.
Probably, you have heard and read these suggestions in several other places. However, this time take them seriously as you board the new phase of life for finding a fulfilling relationship. Good luck!