There are three basic ingredients needed to maintain a healthy relationship. Love is tough to come by and even tougher to hold on to. Keeping a relationship fresh requires a strong commitment from both people involved, and making sure you don’t lose sight of the following.
Each person in the relationship need to feel they can be authentic. Trying to make yourself into what you think the other person wants never works long term. Being fake is exhausting and over time you build up a huge resentment. Respecting each other’s differences is essential to keep the love growing.
Change is a given. You are both going to change over and over again throughout the years.. Respect the changes, talk about the changes and don’t get stuck in the what was. Give your partner space to grow and make sure they do the same for you.
Appreciating your partner for who they are seems to be the cornerstone for a happy relationship. If your partner exhibits behaviors that really drives you crazy, before your pounce, take a deeper look. More than likely they are hitting a sensitive nerve because whatever you don’t like in them is something you don’t like in yourself.
It’s important to remember that nobody is perfect – so don’t be so hard on yourself. You will find that when you like yourself better you will be less critical of everyone around you.
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