Despite the fact that almost half of all the marriages ending up in a divorce, we are surrounded by successful marriages and relationships. We are seeing couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries and couples living together in a foreign country for many years. So, if you’re in an unhappy relationship, you probably have been wondering what do all of these very different relationships have in common?
To get to the core of it, we asked many couples what they did to make their relationships work. All of them gave few different reasons, but there is one reason all couples seem to agree – they talk to their significant others. It means that they always share their feelings and talk to each other and listen attentively what their partners have to say.
So what do all satisfied and happy couples do every day? The answer is pretty simple. Happy couples communicate with each other. Constant communication is evident, but it can also get disrupted easily. If you want to maintain a healthy and happy relationship, here are three things that you need to do to communicate successfully.
Tip# 1: Express Your Needs and Feelings
There isn’t an absolute way for your spouse to find out what you want out of your relationship unless you explicitly tell that to him or her. Always make sure to express your thoughts and emotions, whether that be happy or sad as this will ensure that you and your partner are in the same chapter. Your partner is not a mind-reader, so it’s your duty to talk about how you’re feeling and what are your needs and wants. Besides, you might learn something new about one another.
Tip# 2: Be Honest
Honesty and trustworthiness are the hallmarks of any long-term, committed relationship. The moment you start lying in the relationship is the moment things go wrong. If you can’t be honest with the man or woman you love, who can you be honest with? Similarly, if you can’t fully trust the man or woman you love, who can you trust? Be open and go beyond the traditional dynamics of your relationship. Talk about your bad day in the office or rant about a friend or co-worker who hurt your feelings. The more experiences you share with each other, the closer and intimate you will become.
Tip# 3: Make Sure To Listen
You need two people in a romantic relationship. You can’t clap with one hand. Communication is a two-way street. When you communicate, your partner should be communicating with you too. So, be a good listener and also ensure that you pay attention to everything your significant other is saying. None of us are perfect. We all have flaws. So, if your partner tells you to make some adjustments to make the relationship better, be open to it. If you practice your communication skills every day, you’ll realize that your relationship is getting better and stronger. Sometimes, things can get a little difficult, but as always the best results often come from the greatest challenges.