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12 Simple Tips For Relationship Bliss

Fairy-tale love is hard to find—here are some tips for keeping your

relationship healthy and happy.

One of the most common questions we hear is, "How do we make our

relationship work?" The answers

are complicated, varied, and, after a while, can start to sound like

muddled platitudes. But these

commonplace sayings get repeated because they work. With this in mind,

we pulled together 12 cliches

that, in fact, reveal simple, tried-and-true advice for having a

healthy, happy relationship. Read on and

let us know what you think:

1. Mind your manners. "Please," "thank you" and "you're welcome," can

go a long way in helping your

partner remember that you respect and love him and don't take him for

granted. Relationship Rehab: 12 Steps To Becoming A Happier Couple In

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2. Variety is the spice of life. Studies have shown that dullness can

lead to dissatisfaction with a

relationship. Trying something new can be as simple as visiting an

unfamiliar restaurant or as grand as a

backpacking trip through Sri Lanka. Discoveries you make together will

keep you feeling close.

3. The couple that plays together, stays

together. Find a sport or hobby that you both love

(no, watching TV does not count) and make that a

priority in your relationship. Camping, biking, building model

trains… whatever it is, find something you

enjoy doing together.

4. Fight right. In order to have productive arguments, keep these

rules in mind. Don't call your spouse

names. When things get really tough, take a break from the argument.

Let the other person finish his/her

sentences. Don't initiate a discussion when you're angry. 5 Things

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5. I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine. No one likes demands

(unless you're in a BDSM role

play), but everyone can appreciate a compromise. If you want your

lover to do something and you're not

sure he'll be agreeable, the quickest way to avoid a confrontation is

to sweeten the deal. For example:

"Sure, I'll watch Monday Night Football if you take me to see the next

movie of my choice."

6. Two heads are better than one. Being in a relationship basically

means you've made a merger;

you've not only joined assets but inherited the other's problems as

well. Rather than looking at his

problems as merely his own, tackle them together. For example, if he's

gaining weight, rather than

pushing him to diet on his own, enroll in an exercise program together.

7. Distance makes the heart grow fonder. Maintain your own friendships

and occasionally have a night

out without your significant other. Doing things without your s.o. not

only makes you miss him or her, it

also keeps you sane. And, in case the relationship doesn't work out,

you'll still have your friends.

8. Sound it out. It other words: communicate! Talking out the tough

subjects—money, religion, fidelity,

raising kids—will not be the most fun you've had, but it'll be

valuable. The Top 10 Traits That Attract A

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9. Laughter is the best medicine. Learn to laugh at

yourself and at silly mistakes. If he throws your

$300 cashmere sweater in the dryer, laughing it off

is, in the long run, better than getting angry. It's is just a $300

cashmere sweater, not the end of the

world.

10. Keep your eyes on the prize. Yes, he forgot your co-worker's name

for the tenth time, but it

probably doesn't mean he doesn't care about you. If you keep your

perspective fixed on the goal—to be

in a happy, functioning partnership—you're less likely to get tangled

up in every minor annoyance.

Remember, you both want the same thing.

11. Quitters never win. Find a ritual and keep it alive, no matter

what. Whether it's always kissing each

other good night, renewing wedding vows every year, sleeping in as

late as you want once a month or

committing to having sex once a week, pick something that makes you

both feel good and stick to it,

even when you're tempted to skip. What A Male Orgasm Feels Like

12. When the going gets tough, the tough get going… to therapy.

Studies show that couples who

seek counseling during rocky periods are more successful in resolving

their issues than those who don't.

Whether its from a religious figure, counselor or mental health

professional, getting an expert to help

sort out strife is as wise as forgoing self-installation and hiring a

plumber to put in a new sink.

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Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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