Healthy relationships do not just happen. There is an art and science to building strong relationships. Romantic relationships are important for our happiness and well-being. Yet with more than 40 percent of new marriages ending in divorce, it’s clear that relationships aren’t always easy. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your romantic partnership in good working order.
These are indispensable tips, written with romantic relationships in mind, but with a little modification you can apply them to your friendships, family, and even work relationships.
D. Don’t ask “how was your day.”
At the end of a long day, we tend to mentally check out of our lives and consequently, our relationship. We rely on the standard question, “How was your day?” Generally, that boring question will yield a boring answer such as, “Fine, how was yours?” This does nothing to improve your connection and instead, can actually damage it because you’re losing the opportunity to regularly connect in a small way.
Instead, try asking things like, “What made you smile today?” or “What was the most challenging part of your day?” You’ll be amazed at the answers you’ll get, with the added benefit of gaining greater insight into your significant other.
E. Be brutally honest
Be brutally honest with yourself and you will automatically be with your love, lover and everyone and everything that matters. This is the most important technique to finding true love and making your relationship worthwhile. You have to be honest, you have to tell her or him if you like something, hate something, want something to change or are scared without a reason. It’s okay if you’re judged, but it will be far worse if what they think of you isn’t what you really are inside. Be honest and love will bloom. Yes, it is a slow ride but the only way that’ll make you a better person and a lover.