What To Open Up About

A good relationship depends on honesty. If you want to build trust and create a lasting bond, it’s important to be open with your partner. Not sure exactly where to start or what to share? We have some ground rules for you. Read on for the five things you should always share with your guy.

Couple talking about feelings

Financial details

You might think buying a new washer/dryer or dinette set solo is a good idea, but discuss the purchase before you hand over your credit card. When couples make joint decisions, they are happier and more likely to stay together over time because then no one feels slighted or left out of a major decision. When both partners are involved in big purchases, they feel like they’re part of a team and a team approach is important for relationships to thrive.

What to do (or not do) in bed

It may be difficult to talk to your partner about your sex life, but it’s important to get used to talking about what goes on in bed. Open communication about what your partner can do or say to boost your sexual desire is a relationship must since physical intimacy is a large part of any good partnership. But before you speak up, make sure what you have to say isn’t hurtful. There are many ways to say something regarding your sex life, so find the right time and the right way to bring these topics up so everyone is comfortable.

Hurtful family encounters

You might want to avoid upsetting your partner, but any encounters you have with his family that are hurtful to you should be discussed. Your partner’s happiness is influenced by whether you get along with his family. You don’t need to be best friends with his mom, but you do need to get along. If one of his family members treated your poorly, ask him for his assistance or ideas about what you can do to address the problem.

Health issues

If you have health issues, you’re worried about your health or you need to make decisions about your health, it’s important to share those issues or concerns with your partner. One of the key factors leading to a successful relationship is the support two people provide each other and your guy can’t offer support if he doesn’t know what’s going on.

Details of your work and social life

While every detail about your co-workers, BFFs or girls in your kickboxing class might bore him to death, do make an effort to share some of your life outside the relationship. The more your partner knows about you, the closer you’ll get as a couple. All couples differ in what they talk about with each other, but frequently talking to your partner about the details of your life is a great way to boost your bond.

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Comments on "Top 5 things you should always share with your partner"

Shannon August 14, 2012 | 10:45 AM

It can sometimes be hard to communicate with your significant other, but it's so important and something you just have to do. Some couples communicate constantly and other's don't. One is not better than the other, but you do have to talk about the deeper issues so they don't become huge problems later on.

Kendra June 22, 2012 | 4:15 PM

My husband and I share everything with eachother, and we both love it that way. We know other couples who aren't as vocal, and that's fine too but it's just not "us." You have to do what works for the both of you. Definitely make sure you are discussing finances, though, as that is the leading cause of divorce.

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