So much of our lives are tied to our romantic partner. Our time, plans, energy, emotion, preoccupations, goals... if you're in a relationship, there are few aspects of your life that you approach independently. Rather, you navigate your days influencing and being influenced by your romantic partner.
Given the clear importance of our romantic partners in shaping our experiences, having the best possible relationships we can, then, becomes a critical pursuit. What daily exercises can you do to improve your relationship?
First, recognize that happy, thriving relationships are not achieved. Rather, happy relationships are cultivated by continual investment from both partners. People in happy relationships nurture their relationship every day; they create healthy interdependence, they work at meeting each others' needs, and they are committed to each other. If it seems that some couples do this easily, they likely have developed a set of habits that are now a regular part of their interactions. Any couple can adopt these habits to reset and revitalize their relationship.
What can you do to improve your relationship? Research offers a picture of the habits adopted by healthy couples and reveals ways to make small changes that could have considerable payout in relationship wellbeing.
There are myriad approaches to cultivating a healthy, happy romantic relationship, but the above habits do reflect certain themes. First, take care of yourself. By investing in your own mental and physical well-being, you'll be better able to think clearly and bring your best self to your relationship. Second, give your partner attention. Not only will attention allow you to make the most of your leisure time together, but it will also help you know what your partner's needs are and how best to support him or her.
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