What does it actually take to make a relationship last forever? It is your conscious efforts to keep it healthy and meaningful. It may not be a smooth ride but if you are fully determined to make it a success, it turns into a beautiful relationship. It does not grow old with time but become more meaningful and benevolent. You feel a need to be there for your partner, his/her success makes you feel proud and failure fills your heart with pain. Here are a few simple yet effective tips to keep your relationship young for years to come:
Accept your partner for who he/she is
A decision to spend your life together must not have a compulsion to be alike. Do not impose yourself on your partner. It is not necessary for a couple to have similar likings when it comes to everyday life. Having exactly the same taste in food, clothing, music or movies does not make you a happy couple. At the same time do not expect your partner to agree with you all the time, celebrate the difference of opinion, they say opposite attracts.
Attain common goals
When you start a new life together, you chose to work together to reach common goals. However, it does not mean that you individual plans have to take a back seat. Set your individual and common goals, and support each other at each step. The success of your partner in his/her individual goal must be a reason for you to celebrate.
Make time when you two can be alone
You cannot expect things and relationship to remain the same. Time changes, so does your relationship for good or for bad. Make sure you do not lose the charm of the first meeting when you found it hard to take your eyes of him/her. Make time for each other when two of you can be alone and speak your heart out. Go shopping together, grab a quick cup of coffee or spend time preparing dinner together.
Take pride to walk hand in hand
People may describe it as a show off at times but it has a psychological relevance to it. When you walk hand in hand with your partner, you strengthen your bond. Take pride when you two are together taking a walk or shopping grocery. It takes nothing but a moment to kiss a goodbye when you are leaving your home for office.
Respect your partner no matter what
You may have differences with your partner and disagreements over everyday issues but do not use them as reasons to humiliate him/her. When you are going through a rough phase it is your love and respect for your partner that make you strong. He/she is your better half but deserves respect as an individual and one should never compromise with this aspect of a relationship.
Empathize and get to know them better
You must try to know your partner to the core. Learn to understand what he/she is trying to say even before he/she utters up the word. With time, you become well aware of the liking and disliking of your partner, use this information to give him/her beautiful surprises on daily basis. Do not let your relationship get monotonous; make it a habit to surprise your partner.
Learn to trust and forgive
You must trust your partner regardless of anything else. Communicate with your partner openly and keep no space for misunderstandings. It is necessary that you do not hold a grudge against him/her even when he/she makes a mistake, learn to forgive.
Create a happy and healthy relationship with your partner. It is your efforts to make your relationship strong that turn it into long-lasting relationship and spread happiness all around you.