Did you meet someone online? Do you think he or she could be "the one"? Knowing that you're in a relationship with someone special is exciting yet intimidating. You may be wondering how you can make your love last and keep the relationship going strong. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to start building a healthy relationship from the start and prevent the love from fizzling out. Relationships are work. What you put in is what you get out!
Here are some helpful tips for making love last.
Follow your mother's simple advice: be nice to others. Over time, people get comfortable in their relationships and take their bad days and moods out on those closest to them. Don't stop being nice to your partner. Continue to do nice things like surprising them with breakfast in bed.
No one is perfect. There will always be things that bother you about your partner, but don't focus your energy on them. Remind yourself that these things don't affect your relationship. If you can't let something go, talk to your partner about it rather than letting it eat you up. You can probably work toward an amicable solution.
Rather than harping on your significant other for all the things they do wrong, celebrate the things they do right. Even little things like the way he makes the bed in the mornings or the way she fixes your morning oatmeal are reminders that they are doing things right. Plus, a few compliments here and there set the stage for a happy day.
Find ways to spend time together by snuggling on the couch, going to bed at the same time or holding hands while shopping. Physically connecting with each other is important because it strengthens the emotional bond you share.
If you have children, this is especially important. Eating dinner together allows you to reconnect as a family and share the things that are going on in your busy lives. It also sets a healthy foundation for what a relationship between two adults should be like. Don't forget to make time for some dinners with just the two of you, of course!
Most importantly, trust that you are with the right person. If it feels right, then it probably is! Placing good into the relationship and letting go of little, unimportant things is the best way to deepen your relationship.