Being in a relationship is more than just hitting the signs. And happiness doesn’t always involve big statements.
Sometimes a compliment, a hug, or a small act of kindness can mean a lot more than expensive anniversary gifts.
But we get it, it’s easier said than done. It’s not that most of us aren’t willing to go the extra mile. Sometimes we just forget to express love and care to our partner daily.
We’ve rounded up 9 little things that keep a relationship strong and healthy. If you’ve been struggling to spoil your significant other and get the romance back, it’s time to check what’s missing.
How To Keep A Relationship Strong
1 Be A Good Listener
This is the primary way to keep your relationship strong.
We all have bad days. And on those days, we all want someone to be there and listen to us. Getting the attention of our loved ones is part of self-healing from stress and trauma.
If your friend comes home and talks about annoying clients or a difficult boss, then this is the person who is looking for your attention. Instead of jumping straight into “problem solving” mode, try to listen to what he needs to say and show empathy accordingly.
2 Words Of Compliment
We all have a lot of things to worry about these days, and giving sweet words of compliments might not be one of them.
But a study showed that happy couples have 5 times more positive interactions than negative ones. They use words, actions, and physical interactions to express affection. Praise is a big part of it.
Try to discover some new bright spots for your partner and make sure that you express your sincere appreciation.
3 Physical Interaction
This could be a hug, a shoulder tap, or a kiss, as simple as that.
Body language is the first language we learn, unlike all other spoken languages. It is the instinctive way of communicating love and emotions.
A gentle hug from the back of a gentle massage can be more powerful than long conversations or text messages.
4 Share Hobbies
All couples need something in common to keep them together. That’s why those who share the same passion tend to feel happier in the relationship.
If you already have a couple’s go-to activity, great! If not, start by sharing your favorite movies.
Make a list of the things you both like to do and make it a topic for your dates. You will soon find more exciting ways to spend time together.
5 Workout Together
It is said that these sweat together, and stay together. This is true for a reason.
Exercise encourages the release of endorphins – a magical chemical that makes people happy and excited. If you are tired of running long distances, try weight training. It can help release more endorphins than heart disease.
To encourage your less athletic partner, take part in the 100 Squat Challenge or try pair yoga. It will be both fun and emotionally uplifting.
6 Cook Together
Never underestimate the magic of food (and teamwork, too). Sometimes the best meals are the ones that are prepared at home.
Shopping and cooking together can be a relaxing activity for couples. It creates a circumstance for both of you to talk and make decisions together.
If you two are foodies, cooking together can bring back the memory of the hunt or the delicious meal you had together. Or you can share and make Grandma’s best apple pie recipe again!
7 Write Him A Note
With modern technology booming, we don’t have much opportunity to write anything to each other.
If you don’t know what to say, write him a simple thank you note for your coffee on the way home. It can make the day special.
8 “If you need, I’m here for you.”
Sometimes bad things happen and lead to survival mode.
If he’s looking for an emotional hideaway, give them spaces to calm things down and let them know that your love and support are stronger than ever before.
9 Explore The Unknown
We always want to feel secure in a relationship. But when everything is monotonous, we get bored.
To spice things up by trying something new.
Go dancing, go paragliding, go on an unplanned trip. Uncertainty can spice up our relationship and keep the romance alive.
So here are 9 tips to maintain a strong and healthy relationship. Do you have a relationship that made your relationship better? Share with us in the comment!