Thousands or more articles have been written about how to have a healthy, successful long-term relationship or marriage, but most of them seldom focus on the core elements that are important in a romantic relationship. Before we start, let’s make one thing clear – relationships are/or should be easy. It is a myth that we need to dispel right away if we want to make our relationships successful and is simply not true. The grass will always look greener on the other side when it comes to people’s lives because very few couples share the truth of the amount of work and commitment that goes in maintaining a relationship. This is the reason why 50% of marriages end up in divorce.
Relationships are like gardens. If you want to maintain a relationship, you need to nurture it. Even the best relationships in the world require nurturing, constant attention, and work. If you can understand the importance and acknowledge the need for undivided attention and work in your relationship, then be assured you’ve started in the right direction.
In romantic relationships, it’s the little things that count. Just a misspoken word can plunge a couple into a weeks-long feud, while a small insignificant gesture can increase the love in the relationship tremendously. Anyways, when it comes to relationships, particularly, successful relationships, there’s a lot to be learned. Here are five top most important factors of a successful relationship:
This is by far the most important factor in a healthy, stable relationship. Being respectful to your spouse allows you to accept who he or she is as an individual, without trying to change him or her. Respecting your partner also allows you to listen to one another.
Factor#2: Positive Conflict Management
At times, two people will run into a conflict in any relationship, even in the best ones, simply because they're two different individuals. Couples, who are strong, can take care of their conflicts in a way that gives them the chance to hear to one another’s needs with respect and understanding. This way the couple can become closer to each other.
Factor#3: A Sense of Humor
A decent sense of humor is a great stress-buster in any relationships. In general, successful couples use their sense of humor to help stress in their relationships. Additionally, they’ve developed an attitude that makes it easy for them to go of issues and their grudges rather than holding on to them.
Factor#4: Mutual Support
People grow and change. Similarly, relationships grow and change, too. Couples who are in happy and successful relationships, this process is supported. Instead of forcing the other person in the relationship to change into who they want him or her to be, they accept and encourage each their strengths and uniqueness.
If you’re looking for a relationship, and want to be a successful one, then it’s vital that they can support each other. Additionally, it’s been reported sharing information, and even gossiping with your significant other to be connecting. But, remember what kind of information can share and which ones should be kept private and within the boundary of the relationship.