9 Ways To Instantly Improve Your Relationship
This article was repurposed with permission from YourTango.
With the demands of everyday life, it can be hard to remember some of the simple things that keep our relationships strong. But if you make caring actions a priority, they will soon become habit and lead to a fulfilling and happy partnership. Give these nine tips a try, and watch how they transform your relationship:
1. Give Each Other The Benefit of The Doubt
This ranks high on the list, yet it's often easier said than done. The reason I say this is because our families often get the worst of us; to completely take from MTV, we really do stop being polite and start getting real. However, something as simple as giving your spouse or partner the benefit of the doubt can make an extraordinary difference.
2. Have Outside Interests
And I don't mean another person! Instead, outside interests refer to hobbies, activities or groups of friends. You can use these outside interests to do things together (go for a hike, take a painting class, join a club), or use them to spend some time apart. No matter how much you're in love, spending time apart is conducive to keeping a relationship healthy.
3. Be Spontaneous
Both men and women have a little bit of Indiana Jones inside of them. In other words, they like adventure, excitement, and being spontaneous. Sitting on the couch not talking to each other doesn't make for an exciting relationship—going out and living life does.
4. Take a Vacation
Another important habit is taking the time to be together. Some couples prefer to do this with a vacation—cruising to the Bahamas or spending a long weekend in New York. Others prefer to do a staycation, simply spending some time in a hometown hotel or a local spa. But, whatever you choose, choose something; taking a break will keep you from breaking apart.
5. Give a Gift Just Because
Partners who have been in a relationship for a long time are often great at giving gifts when they're supposed to. Their Christmas presents are thoughtful, and their anniversary gifts are exceptional. But, a relationship can also benefit from giving a gift just because. When you do this, you have the element of surprise on your side, and even those who claim to not like surprises usually do.
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