Make an effort to understand you and your partner’s conflict habits, so you can break bad patterns and find a middle ground that’s productive and respectful.While “I love you” is an extraordinary thing to say—and an equally wonderful thing to hear—it means something different to each person.You’re there to make each other feel like your best selves, so let the genuine praise flow freely. It’s an easy enough thing to do and it makes their day better, so why not? If your partner’s day sucked and yours was just “eh,” let them have the pity (and the control of the remote, and the choice of take-out). To keep the romance fresh, come up with new date ideas, new sex positions, and new ways to demonstrate your love.
We spend a lot of time with our partners, but sometimes we don’t actually see them.
Take the time to actually look into one another’s eyes.
Creating small rituals can really help hold up a couple because they become “your thing.” Whether it’s a fancy night out during the holiday season, or watching a certain show every week, these are things that’ll give you both something to look forward to—and it’ll bring you closer together. When you and your partner see positive actions, solutions, or behavior in one another, acknowledge it and remind each other to keep it up. This is the stuff that makes the world go ’round, people!
They can either deal with it or they can’t, but if you can’t be your most honest self with this person, it’ll come out eventually. We’re not talking changing your laugh or your style, but if you know that your partner really hates it when you leave the kitchen counter cluttered, try to make a point of clearing it off before he/she gets home. Think of your relationship as a creative challenge.
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Kahlil Gibran said, “Let there be spaces in your togetherness,” and we stand by that. Try actually sitting down to a meal with your partner at an table. Why not try instituting a TV-free night in your apartment?
See what else happens when you spend time together sans the talking box.
Break from the ordinary and have a silly dinner conversation made entirely of imaginary situations—for example, ask, “If you were on an island and could only bring five movies, which movies would you bring?