10 Things Happy Couples Do
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"It is perfect to be imperfect, because perfection is made up of many imperfections put together that makes it perfect"
Ever envious of couples who seem forever in love with each other? A healthy relationship is hard work that involves love, trust, mutual understanding and honesty. Everlasting love involves continuous efforts to “work together to work things out”! Here, we have compiled ten things many happy couples say they practise in their relationships.
1. Don’t Be a Closed Door
The most important yet tragically overlooked fundamental of a happy and lasting relationship is trust. Open up completely and let your partner in. They are more than ready to know you more from the very beginning. So, allow them to stand beside you, especially through hard times. Someone who loves you has the power to brighten you up no matter how bleak the situation may be. Remember that you are never alone.
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2. Respect Each Other
Embrace the fact that no one is perfect. At some point in life, we may lose our patience, temper, or confidence. However, it is important to be mindful not hurt your loved one when you’re feeling down or frustrated. Whenever you are about to lash out at your partner, walk away and take a deep breath. Once you have calmed down, sit together and talk about your feelings calmly and rationally.
3. Stop Playing Mind Games
Always be direct, straightforward and transparent in putting forth an argument. A healthy relationship is when couples aren’t shy to let each other know their discomfort or even how much they care about each other. Send a sweet text message if you miss them or give them a call. Sometimes it’s the little gestures that will strengthen your love for each other. We’ve had our fair share of long distance relationship, so take our word for it!
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4. Make Time, Not Excuses
Some of us may tend to take our loved ones for granted, thinking that they will always be there. But no matter how “busy” you are, always make time, not excuses! Spending quality time together is important to maintain the spark of a relationship. Keep yourself updated with events in your partner’s life by making the effort to meet up with them.
5. Move On
Let bygones be bygones. Forgive and forget! We all have a past or arguments that may not be very pleasant to reminisce. You may have had unhappy arguments or experiences with your partner in the past, but let them stay in the past. In fact, one important lesson that happy couples learn is to resolve and solve conflicts. They generally look forward to a better future together instead of dwelling in the past.
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6. Actions Speak Louder Than Words
It is important to show it when you love someone. Solidify your words by taking action. For some, showing your love is more than just saying “I Love You”. Whether it is performing a simple chore for him, buying a small gift, taking time to listen to each other’s needs or making decisions on purchasing a property together, these require commitment to take action.
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7. Communicate & Interact
Communication is one of the main ingredients for what it makes to be a happy couple. There are different channel of communication: SMS, Whatsapp, phone call, Facebook message or face to face. Use whichever way that works best for the both of you, be it communicating in text or verbally. The gist is to communicate openly on a regular basis.
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8. Never Give Up
Relationships are not always rainbows and butterflies. There will be moments when you would prefer to be left alone after a heated argument or have extreme difference in opinions. However, couples who genuinely care for each other will never give up on each other. Allow things to cool a little and take charge again by communication.
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9. Grow Together
Happy couples strive not just to grow “old” together, but basically grow to realise their dreams together! A solid relationship is made up of being supportive of each other’s dreams instead of holding each other back in life. Share your support for your partner’s passion, encourage them to strive for what they want. Remember that a relationship is about having that someone who brings out the best in you and vice versa!
10. Unconditional Giving
Unconditional giving without expectations is crucial in a healthy relationship. The most powerful act of giving is to provide your fullest attention to your partner when they need you the most and be ever prepared to do so. This will strengthen you as a couple, it will also resonate in other relationships especially with each other’s family and friends.
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The best relationships happen when we strive to work things out together not just to fulfil our interests per se, but for better outcomes in life. These values shared above are essential in the formula of a strong relationship because it considers not just one’s imperfection, but the best strategies to work together.
Do you have any advice for a healthy relationship? We’d love to hear what you have to say so leave us a comment below!