Everyone likes being right but always wanting to have the last word and never being willing to give in can seriously hurt your relationship. That's why learning to compromise is the first – and most important – item on our list. At its core, compromise means coming up with a solution that works for both of you. It may not be ideal and you still may rather go the route you were originally angling for, but if you each give a little (rather than digging your heels in), you'll likely hit on a scenario that's acceptable and that doesn't leave one of you feeling slighted.
Seems obvious, right? We've all heard the saying that honesty is the best policy, but it's not always easy to be open with your guy about everything that you're feeling. Honesty is important for two reasons:
It builds trust: If you hide things or don't tell the whole truth, it will be hard to stay connected.
It fosters good communication: Honesty means saying what's on your mind and letting your partner know how you really feel, whether it's good or bad. The more you can communicate openly, the better your relationship will be.
When you're in the beginning stages of a new relationship, it's easy to forgo spending time with friends in favor of just hanging out as a twosome. While quality time spent together is essential, shutting down your social circle just because you're now a couple is not recommended. Friends make life fun regardless of whether you're in a relationship, and it's important to continue seeing friends (both your own and any mutual pals you and your man have). Friends offer comfort, distraction, perspective among many other beneficial qualities you shouldn't take for granted.
Once you have your first big fight it can be easy to feel like you're not as compatible as you first thought or that something is wrong with the relationship. While it may eventually come to light that you're not meant to be, do know that every couple argues and that it's a perfectly normal part of being together. Disagreements happen but it's how you handle them that matters. Here's our quick guide to follow:
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