By Emily Tao
Stay true to yourself.
Being true to yourself, as well as to your partner, helps you see one other for who you really are. You shouldn’t have to change yourself for someone else – if they cannot accept you for you, it may potentially be time to reevaluate your situation. It is hard to be someone else, especially when you can effortlessly be you.
Be open and honest.
You shouldn’t have to hide or go behind your partner’s back to do something. Sharing your experiences with your partner can lead to a stronger relationship and a better sense of trust. A relationship won’t last long if you constantly have to berate the other person about who they are talking to and wondering what they’re doing all the time.
Actions speak louder than words.
Telling someone you love them means a lot, but when you can show someone you love them, that is something special. It can be as simple as going out of your way to set up a nice date, or just listening to and talking with your partner. Essentially, just being there and caring for your significant other goes a long way. Saying sorry is one thing, but if you do what it takes to try to address and fix the problem, this can further resolve issues and show that you care.
Don’t give up time with family or friends.
Although it is tempting to spend all your time with somebody new that you like, you can’t just drop everyone else in your life. Having connections with other people will help you feel better both mentally and socially. Having other people to rely on is important, especially when you need to seek other viewpoint in times of need. The relationship you share with others is different and meaningful in many ways, so letting yourself be able to share this with your friends and family is key.
Sometimes things come up, or sometimes you have to let things go. There have been many times looking back in my relationship where I overreacted over something, and everything turned out fine. So give your significant other some time and be there for them. Trying to understand can really help them and show that you care, and it will help to progress your relationship even more.
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