It goes without saying that the key to a happy relationship is communication. Without healthy communication, you can’t build trust or gratitude. And without trust and gratitude, you can’t build commitment. But long-term relations can sometimes be draining, resentment can harbor and what used to be cute, can start to become annoying. How do you keep the honeymoon phase lasting forever? Here are some tips from couples who are in long term relationships and are happier than ever!
Tip 1: Weekly Round-Up
Every Friday sit with your significant other and tell them something they did this week that made you appreciate them. Even if it’s something small. Your spouse will feel good about themselves and will also understand your needs better. Also, each week try to plan a special activity that you wouldn’t normally do. This keeps you from falling into a mundane routine.
Tip 2: Don’t Be A Blanket Hog
It’s very important to get a good night’s sleep for a myriad of reasons. Having separate blankets so neither of you have to share can prevent fights, resentment, and ensure that you are comfortable so you get a good nights sleep. Waking up cranky every morning due to lack of sleep will lead to arguments over trivial things the next day.
Tip 3: Have Some Alone Time
Just because you are in a relationship does not mean you need to do everything together. It’s also very important to do things that you want to do and grow as a person. A good partner will support you in achieving your goals and not prevent you from flourishing. Spending alone time doing things that you love that your partner might not enjoy is a good way to still feel independent. Bringing them along and listening to them complain will only damper the thing you love and damper your relationship.
It’s important to know that you do not need to be in a relationship to be happy but being in a happy relationship certainly does help!