What makes a relationship healthy? There are a lot of answers to that question, but when you think about it, there are some simple keys to successful relationships that everyone should know.
In fact, I have listed all five of them below, just for you (since you’re special). If you feel like you could be a better husband, wife, brother, employee, or friend, take a look at these five keys to successful relationships.
Whether they serve as a refresher or you want to be the best bae you can be, these tips will help you in any relationship (except the one you have with your creepy uncle; that can’t be helped).
1. Show You Care About Their Interests And Well-Being
Whether it’s your wife, girlfriend, or even bae, it’s important that you show that you care about their life and what’s going on in it. When you show interest in their life and make it clear that you care, your partner will thank you by showering you with the love you give to them.
Don’t just ask, “How was your day?” and leave it at that; listen and ask questions related to what’s being said, rather than skimming the surface. If bae had a rough day and needs to vent, you better park your ass on the damn couch and put your listening ears on.
If bae came home after a terrible day and you don’t do anything to console them or see what’s wrong, your relationship will not last. Mark my words!
Relationships in general rely heavily on communication, and if you have poor communication skills or just don’t seem to care at all about your partner’s life outside of your own, then your relationship will suffer (and you’ll rightfully look like a douche for not caring about your partner).
2. Accept Their Quirks & Baggage
We all have a secret or have done something bad or embarrassing that we keep to ourselves, except for that one person who we love irrationally; we’ll tell them anything . When your husband, girlfriend, or even your long time friend reveal some little secret or baggage, or do something to expose themselves to you, be accepting of whatever it is.
When you first start dating someone, you start to learn more about them and see their little quirks and habits, see how they act in a relaxed setting. If bae or hubby or whoever turns out to have a little habit or do something you find annoying (or even disgusting), rather than blast them about it and potentially cause an argument, just accept them for who they are and move on.
Just because your wife snores in her sleep or your bestfriend has a terrible laugh doesn’t mean you should treat them any differently. When you love someone, you leave all the issues behind and focus on why you love them.
They accepted you and everything about you; return the favor.
3. Make Up & Move On
Every relationship has it’s good and bad days, but those in healthy, successful relationships are able to move on past the bad days together, hand in hand. When you have an argument or shouting match with your partner, friend, or even coworker, the best (and pretty much only) way to get past those rough patches is to forgive or admit your mistake, and to do that before it’s too late.
Some relationships fail because a partner refuses to acknowledge their mistake or wrongdoing and that rift continues to slowly grow until they break up. That’s not fun; if you want to be with this person and have a healthy relationship with them, you should be able to admit when you were wrong or be able to accept what they did and move on, still loving each other.
4. Be Their Cheerleader
Remember when you were in high school and the cheerleaders would try a cheer to get the team and crowd back into the game when things weren’t going well? You should do that for your partner (or friend, or boss, or employee, or even Mom)!
Your relationships will be much more enjoyable and positive when you’re supporting each other through thick and thin. If bae messed up at work and got fired, don’t blame them for it and just point fingers, as that won’t help anyone; instead, reassure them that they’ll find another job soon and that any company would be lucky to have them (or whatever the case may be).
When times are tough, you are the one and only truly effective support system that your loved one has; remind them that everything will be okay, and they’ll be able to get back on their feet through your love and support.
Relationships are teams, and teams require effort from everyone involved, otherwise the team will fail to meet their goals. Whether you’re working on a project with a coworker or have an obstacle to overcome with your partner, there needs to be effort from both parties.
You can’t do all the work in your marriage and expect to be happy together; if your coworker doesn’t help you with that project, you likely won’t get it done (at least on time). You need to band together, and if you’re doing all of the heavy lifting yourself, you’re not in a healthy, respecting, and successful relationship.
There’s a lot that can make a relationship healthy and successful, but there are five important aspects of being a partner that we can all use a refresher on, and these can be applied to almost any relationship. Relationships are a two-way street, and require effort, love, respect, acceptance, and positivity to survive.
If you feel like your relationship has seen better days or you just want to make sure you’re doing all you can for those you love, apply these five simple keys to your relationship. Sometimes we lose sight of where we’re headed or how we’re supposed to get there, but this article can serve as a check list or reminder to be the best partner you can be.
Your partner, your life, and your relationship, will thank you for it.
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