Healthy Relationships

Things may look easy in the movies, but in real life making a relationship last can be hard work. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to improve the long-term outlook for your relationship. For example… 

  • Be realistic . Nobody’s perfect. Love means accepting your partner and not demanding change.
  • Listen . Focus on truly understanding what your partner’s saying, not on what you plan to say next.
  • Share information . What did you do today? What’s on your mind?
  • Follow through . If you say you’ll pick up the bread at the store or be at the restaurant at seven, make it a priority.
  • Show appreciation . Let your mate know that you care with favors, cards, flowers, or simply a hug. The more you give, the more you’ll likely receive.
  • Accept change . People and circumstances change all the time. Figure out how to adapt and make the most of change rather than fighting it.
  • Maintain your balance . You need to take care of yourself to have the energy to take care of others.
  • Attack the problem, not the person . If you disagree on something, you still have a common goal of finding a solution. Stay on the same side. Trying to win or prove that you’re right will only drive you apart.
  • Don’t assume . You may think you know why your partner said or did something, but you may be wrong. Ask!
  • Take responsibility . Even when the other person seems to be at fault, you have probably contributed to the problem. Apologize when you’ve made a mistake.
  • If you get stuck, ask for help . A counselor may be able to help your relationship get back on track, if needed.