The best things you can do for your relationship

Making a relationship work takes effort. Check out our list of tried-and-true strategies to improve how you and your partner interact and love one another as your relationship grows.

Couple hugging in kitchen



Be honest.

Honesty is the best policy, and being straight up with your partner about your feelings can make a big difference. Telling your partner how you feel rather than keeping it inside helps you avoid fights later on. You can’t expect your partner to know how you feel about something without telling him.

2Be affectionate.

Once you’ve been together for a while, taking each other for granted and forgetting to show affection gets all too easy — yet it can go a long way in making your partner feel loved. Small gestures make a big difference, so offer hugs, kisses and other signs of intimacy at least once a day.

3Be appreciative.

Do you just assume your partner will take out the trash every week? Do you expect him to gas up the car when the tank is low? It’s great that he performs these tasks, but you should take the time to tell him you appreciate everything he does. You don’t have to write him a “thank you” note every time he unloads the dishwasher, but do say “thanks” and let him know you notice the nice things he does for you.

4Be willing to compromise.

You can’t always get what you want. Each of you has to be willing to compromise to avoid a fight or move the relationship forward. As long as you remain aware of this and make an effort to meet your partner halfway when necessary, you should be able to get along and feel positive bout the relationship.

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Make a mental list of everything you love about your partner. The resulting positive feelings will help remind you why all of your hard work pays off. Recalling the things you love about him will help you remember why it is you want to communicate effectively… rather than yelling at one another.