Someone once said, “It’s not beneficial pretending that a relationship has a future if you both disagree or argue violently.”
No relationship is perfect, but you should be in one that makes you happy and leaves you feeling satisfied.
There are some things you can learn about what keeps long-term partnerships going. Fortunately, those things have nothing to do with musical preferences or favorite films. Instead, it’s about learning how to compromise on all things and settling in for the long haul.
Arguments are normal. If you aren’t fighting, you’re holding back. But when people in healthy relationships argue, they argue fairly and productively. This denotes no put-downs or name calling. It also implies working to know your partner instead of trying to score points. And when you’re wrong? You apologize.
You Speak Your Mind
Relationships succeed when couples can express themselves honestly and freely. This means nothing is off-limits, and you both are heard. Constant communication is critical to making a lasting life together.
You Like Yourself and Your Partner
Chances are your relationship won’t instantly be better if you have a baby, win the lottery, move into your dream home, or get a new luxury car. So, don’t center your partnership on the hope that it will change. You know that neither one of you is perfect, but your value and accept each other for who you are right now, not who you might become or you want him/her to become.
You Make Decisions Jointly
You don’t make all the decisions. Neither does your partner. From what restaurant to dine at, to how many children to have, or what film to see, decisions are made together and each other’s concerns and desires are heard. Sure, this may mean you see a horror movie on Saturday night. But on Sunday night, it’s your choice.