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By Damilola Faustino

Finding the love of your life is not the end game to every relationship. Being in love does not always mean staying in love. the latter takes extra effort and dedication. So if you are truly committed to your relationship and you want to see it work, then this article just might be what you need. Read on:

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Don’t give up date night

Keep doing the things that attracted you to each other in the beginning. Don’t stop dating each other because you’ve gotten comfortable. It’s important for partners to carve out time for each other. There shouldn’t be any excuse for missing a date night unless it’s a tangible one.

Keep exes out of the picture

Do your best not to mention past loves. This is a quick way to dampen the passion and possibly dig up some insecurities and resentment. It’s best to keep silent when it comes to exes. You must not talk about exes unless the general topic comes up, and even then don’t talk negatively about an ex.

Change your surroundings

Avoid falling into a relationship routine. Sometimes couples can fall into a comfortable pattern of doing the same things every day.  Shake things up a bit and move out of your comfort zone every now and then.

Be thoughtful

Continue to be nice to each other and to anticipate each other’s needs. Thoughtfulness can help a partner feel loved and nourished. So personalize your date, let him or her know that you care and you pay attention to their life.

Work on yourself

It will be very difficult to have an animated relationship if you don’t have a good relationship with yourself. It’s vital to work on accepting yourself before you put your energy into nurturing a relationship.

Don’t expect your partner to read your mind

One potential cause of friction in a relationship is expecting your partner to be able to act a certain way or do certain things without you having to ask. Know that your partner is not a mind reader. So, it is key to communicate your inner thoughts, fears, needs and happiness in a relationship.

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