It’s hard enough to maintain any relationship, let alone a romantic one. So often, we forget the importance of nurturing the bond with one another. Neglect can turn any good relationship bad, but a few simple things can be done to keep the fires going, keep lines of communication open and keep the love strong. Here are six very good relationship tips for starters.
1. RESPECT THE FRIENDSHIP
Every relationship should begin at the friend level. It may sound basic, but just like the foundation of a home, you must fortify your friendship foundation so that it is strong enough to withstand the weight of a relationship. If the foundation crumbles, then the house falls down. At the deepest level, the foundation of friendship includes, respect, admiration and a genuine “like” for the person you’re with. If you don’t at least have that, then the relationship is doomed.
2. KEEP IT SEXY
After you’ve been with one person for a while, it’s easy to fall into a rut. You may no longer feel like you have to impress and start paying less and less attention to your appearance. It is very important to remember to make an effort sometimes. Women, put on some red lipstick and a sexy pair of shoes…and nothing else. That will surely get things jumpstarted and will remind him of his attraction to you! Men, pay her some extra special attention, tell her she’s sexy…often. Bring home a little gift to show her that you appreciate her. Every girl likes gifts no matter how big or small.
3. BE VERBAL
When your man looks fine in his suit, tell him! When he steps out the shower, give him a wink and let him know he’s still got it. A lot of times, all it takes is a couple of loving words here and there every day to keep a relationship strong. Especially as women, if we take an hour to get ready for something, then we want to know our efforts are appreciated. Women, don’t be afraid to tell your man you’re proud of him, he needs to hear that. Try this: Tell him that you think he looks hot after mowing the lawn. I’ll bet he starts doing more yard work with you in mind.
4. KEEP DATING
Don’t ever stop dating each other. The biggest mistake long-term couples make is to stop dating when quality time together is more important than ever. It’s so important that couples still go on dates, no matter how long they’ve been together, it gives you quality alone time and really allows you to just focus on each other. If the standard ‘dinner and a movie’ starts to feel routine, think of unique dates to go on and make it a joint effort so it’s not always something only one of you wants to do. Try new things, see new sights, it will serve to make your relationship stronger and you will find yourself looking forward to spending more time together.
5. TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE
The fact that somebody loves you doesn’t absolve you from the responsibility of loving yourself. To make a relationship last, it’s so important to know and love yourself first. If that takes a while, so be it. It’s never a good idea to rush into a long-term relationship with anyone if you haven’t had one with yourself. It’s important to feel content with the person that you are and to know exactly what you want and what you need in a partner before taking one on.
6. SHOW YOUR LOVE
You may not think the little things matter once you’ve been together for a while, but they really do. Small things like flowers or handwritten notes really show your significant other that you don’t take them for granted. It’s also a reminder of the excitement you felt when your relationship first started. You don’t always have to buy things either – simple touches like surprising them with breakfast in bed, a good back or foot massage, are all sweet ways to show your love.
Kimberley R. Jasper was raised in Jamaica Queens, New York and still describes herself as a true New Yorker through and through despite currently residing in Humble, Texas with her family. From horror fiction with a mystical twist to erotic thrillers, this author does it all with well-seasoned finesse.
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