The beautiful princess (or duchess) and charming prince (or duke) may live in a castle but they will also have to face issues that you do on the way to happily ever after. Here’s three tips for making love last.
Present as a Team. People and events may try to pull you apart. Family and friends will give you advice about what you should or should not do. But, in trying to follow this advice you may find yourself at odds with your partner. Major and minor events such as the birth of a child or even celebrations with in-laws can put a strain on your togetherness. Later, as your child grows there are even more challenges to not having that child play one of you off the other.
Show everyone that you are a team, not just two individuals who can be pulled away from each other. Disclose and discuss looming issues. Then use “we” instead of “I” when responding to others. In that way, others will see you are presenting a united front, one that is stronger than each of you separately.
Resolve Conflicts Successfully. You will have disagreements that you can’t avoid. Solving these disagreements in a way that you both win is necessary for a happy relationship. If there is only one tool that will help you resolve conflicts successfully, it is empathetic communication.
Empathetic communication involves listening closely to your partner, taking a breath before replying, and then stating the essence of what you heard your partner say. In this way you show you understand your partner’s position. Feeling understood decreases defensiveness and increases cooperation. If both of you do this when trying to resolve a conflict, it can lead to a winning solution for both of you.
Show you Appreciate your Partner— Every Day. Yes, you are so in love now that you can’t even imagine lapsing into days of not connecting with each other at all. Yet those days will come, perhaps sooner than you expected. And then you will begin to feel the bloom of romance has withered, or maybe even died. Yet, if you say or do something every day to show appreciation for your partner, the romance that is there now will be there throughout the years.
There are many ways to show appreciation. Noticing what your partner is saying or doing and commenting favorably on it is one way. Hugs, smiles, and saying thank you shows you value having your partner in your life. Take a moment right now to show your partner some appreciation.