20 Grandparents Know What It Takes To Make Relationships Last

Don’t stop doing the things you love, or make them stop either. Cultivate separate interests and take time away, so that you can miss them.

While it’s important to maintain your independence, it’s also important to make time together, every day.

This is a big one in today’s generations. It doesn’t matter if you like them or not; they’re important to your partner. Don’t ever make them choose.

But also, make enough time for your network too. Sometimes, we get too into our relationships and we forget everyone else. Maintain a balance.

It’s good to have separate interests, but you should also have things you do together.

Marriage is a union and you have to be on the same side, moving together. Your partner is your greatest ally and you should strive for compromise and support.

Being intimate is a huge part of keeping romance alive and being healthy; emotionally and physically.

Try to touch them every, single day – holding hands, touching their shoulder, or a quick kiss.

You should feel comfortable being an idiot with your partner. Find ways to laugh, and tell them the funny s@#t that happened in your day.

Marriage is a life long commitment, and you have ups and downs. Sometimes, you have to find ways to reconnect and recommit.

You will always have to work and be all in.

Always be talking to your partner about everything; your wants, needs, express gratitude and positivity and most importantly, don’t expect your partner to be a mind reader.

Don’t let things fester and explode. Most relationships don’t blow up over a random, small issue. They blow up over things that build up over time and create resentment.

Always be kind. You might feel hurt, frustrated, and/or sad, but insults, yelling and extreme physical actions make things worse.

Just because you’re married, doesn’t mean you should stop trying to impress. Get dressed up, go out on the town, and see something new.

You should always be wooing.

This is a form of creative communication. Working together in the kitchen enriches the mind and the body. Couples that cook together are happier together.

This one is important. There are 5 different love languages – words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, quality time and physical touch. Ask your partner which one they prefer.

If you want your partner to touch you more often to show love, but they want to use gifts to show love, then you’re gonna feel like you’re not getting what you need from them.

Trust is a huge component. Don’t give them a reason not to trust you, and remember the promise you made to them when you got married. You’re to love, respect, honour and take care of them no matter what.

Even if this is the person you’re gonna spend the rest of your life with and you consider them a soulmate, you’re also gonna disagree on a lot.

Don’t seek to “win,” or shame them for their opinions. You might have agree to disagree and be patient with them when needed.

Little lies can be as damaging as big ones. Don’t seek to protect yourself or them with untruths. Honestly, no matter how hard in the moment, pays dividends in the long run.

Even if you don’t like their interests, or agree, support them. Show that you value their passions and curiosities.

This one is obvious. Go see the world. Get lost together. Break your routine. This gives you a chance to see your partner in a new light, and them at their best and worst.

It’ll make you stronger and build that everlasting bond. Plus, couples that travel together agree more, argue less and have better sex.

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