Marriage is hard. In fact, any relationship is difficult. It takes patience, dedication and the desire to work through the hard times. Our society seems to be set up in a way to encourage relationships to fail. I mean, I am already on my second marriage and am only in my thirties. I have learned a few things along the way to make our marriage stronger and with Valentine’s Day (the actual day of love) coming up, what better time the to share some easy ways to have a healthier relationship. Even those with the strongest relationships could pick up a tip or two.
Easy Ways to have a Healthier Relationship
Communication is so important in any relationship and in order to have a healthier relationship, communication is key. Communicating about all the things big and small can help prevent arguments further down the line. It’s also not only important to communicate but to listen to that communication as well.
Once you get several years into a relationship, it becomes easy to fall into the same old routines. Children, busy schedules and being exhausted can lead to putting off doing things solo with each other. Dating your spouse or partner is one way that you can create a healthier relationship. So make the time to go out and have fun; just you and your partner. Having date nights doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go out somewhere expensive, check out these At Home Date Night Ideas for a fun night in.
Being thankful for the things that your partner does can help build your relationship. Sure, things like doing the dishes, laundry or taking out the trash are necessary parts of day to ay life but a simple thank you for doing those things goes a long way. So next time your husband golds the laundry, instead of critiquing them for folding it the wrong way (my husband with the towels), simply say thank you and move on.
Arguments and disagreements are going to happen, they just do when you put two people together who have different opinions and ideas about things. The most important thing that you can do is apologize when you are in the wrong. I know I personally have an extremely hard time with this being the stubborn person that I am but I have learned that apologizing goes a long way in forgiving each other after an argument.
Show love everyday
Don’t just rely on one day (*cough, cough* Valentine’s Day) to show your love for your partner. Instead, show it every day in other ways. By cooking your spouse’s favorite meal, starting the random load of laundry or by simply just saying it more. Find ways each and every day to show your love for your other half to help build a healthier relationship.