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18 Methods To Strengthen Your Relationship

Any relationship that has lasted a long time will show that it takes way more than just love for a relationship to work. Absolutely, love is a foundational part for any happy romantic relationship.

But it’s not enough.

In order for a healthy relationship to prosper, both parties will have to put in commitment into making it work. There are several ways for showing commitment in a relationship, thankfully.

Below are 18 ways for you to be doing just that.

 

Practice acceptance and appreciation

David Richo explains in his book “How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving” that there are two keys to mindful loving. Those keys being acceptance and appreciation. The specific passage we want to highlight from the book is this: “In a true you-and-I relationship, we are present mindfully, non-intrusively, the way we are present with things in nature. We do not tell a birch tree it should be more like an elm. We face it with no agenda, only appreciation . . .”

 

 

Realizing relationships have ups and downs

Going into a relationship expecting everything to be all ups is a terrible approach to relationships. Just like in life, you’re not always going to be happy 100% of the time so why would relationships be any different?

Understanding this sooner rather than later means you’ll look for stronger reasons to commit to the relationship in the good times and the bad.

 

 

Use the word “we”

Tamar Chansky, Ph.D. explains that he finds couples who use the word “we” when talking to people are happier, calmer, and get more satisfaction from their relationships compared to others who use singular pronouns like “you”, “me” and “I”.