Whether you’re just starting a new relationship, or you’ve been married for years, it is always beneficial to constantly strengthen the bond between you and your partner. Many people have rightly said, if you’re not working to strengthen a relationship its getting weaker.With that in mind, we’ve written up several of the most effective (and simplest) things you can do any time to feel closer in your relationship and really make it last.
If you really stop and look at any good relationship you’ll notice two things. First, they are often doing little things for each other like taking away the other person’s plate when they are finished, or bringing them something while they are up. That’s important of course, but the thing that follows is the key. They almost always thank each other for even the smallest acts of kindness. It has been proven that showing gratitude by saying thank you, or in any other way, helps to strengthen the bond between two people because it prevents them from feeling taken advantage of.
Everyone knows that you have to get your significant other something on their birthday, anniversary and Christmas, and while that is important, it almost loses its meaning since it is more of an obligation. Giving your partner small gifts for no reason other than that you love them can be an excellent relationship builder. Bring home flowers or a ‘just because’ card, or even make them something small if that’s your strength. It’s a simple thing that will reap benefits for a long time.
Listen to Each Other
When your partner comes home from work and starts complaining about a hard day, don’t blow them off. Really listen and give them support. You don’t even have to give advice or suggestions, simply listen and be supportive so they know you care.
Always support your partner, especially in public. If you’re at a family party, for example, you should never discuss any negative things about your partner, but focus on the good. Your significant other will hear of it and be appreciative, plus it will lead to other people seeing your relationship as stronger which can be motivating to many. Any problems you’re having can be dealt with privately, or with a counselor.
Find Things in Common
While no two people are interested in all of the same things, there are undoubtedly some things you can enjoy together. Make sure you have at least a few activities that you both truly enjoy doing together. Of course, sometimes you’ll have to do something just because your partner enjoys it (even if you don’t really like it) and they will do the same for you. Finding those things you both enjoy is very important though.
Of course there are many other things you and your significant other can do to develop a strong bond, or help your bond to strengthen, but these are just a few key items. When you start focusing on making your relationship stronger you’ll quickly find that it is not as hard as you imagined and the rewards are immeasurable.
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