Your relationship is so important to you, and to treat it with the supportive care that it needs to survive over the long term, you need to follow these ten golden rules…

Here Are 10 Golden Rules Every Relationship Needs To Know About

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1. Fight fair

You and your partner will argue, but knowing how to fight fairly will be an essential skill to keep your relationship solid through the years. Things will not always be fair, but they should always be respectful of both partner’s needs. If one partner doesn’t get their way now, ensure there are opportunities for them to get their way in the future.

The power balance in a relationship is often not balanced, especially for male and female couples. Researchers found that a relationship where the male partner had more power and dominance was more likely to last long-term. On the other hand, another study found that power imbalances and unequal treatment was a reason that women were more often cited for breakups than men did. Check-in with your partner to see how they feel about the power balance in your relationship.

2. Honesty is really the best policy

Being accused of hiding something from your partner is not a great way to establish trust, which is essential to a good relationship. Do your best to follow this golden rule that every relationship needs to know because the consequences of being less than honest are lonely and painful.

If you are unsure whether to tell your partner about something, ask yourself if they found out another way if they would be upset. Withholding information will likely not win you any points with your partner either. Flat out lying is definitely frowned upon. Trust, once broken, is never quite the same again.

3. Keep the past in the past

Your past, your partner’s past, and any exes should stay there. The same goes for the mental file of your partner’s past bad behavior. Let it go or the weight of that baggage will drag your relationship down.

4. Allow your partner more freedom

No one wants to be caged up, and the more freedom you can allow your partner to have, the greater their appreciation of the wide boundaries that you provide. In a study of breakups and relationship expectations, researchers found that partners who left wished that they had more freedom outside of the relationship.

We are not talking about the freedom to stray, but if you have restricted your partner’s coming and goings, activities, and friends, they are not likely to like being with you. For this golden rule, allow as much freedom for your partner as possible, because you cannot expect to keep someone who is chained to you happy.

5. Give more than you receive

Be as supportive as possible to your partner for this golden rule, or your partner may find the support elsewhere. Be the best friend and companion to your partner as well as a romantic mate.


6. Know your partner well

Provide what your partner likes and needs. Know their love language and give them love in how they like to receive it.

7. Think long-term

Today is not where you will be ten years from now. Where was your partner headed before you met? Did you derail them from reaching their goals? They probably have not forgotten what they dreamed of before they met you, so be supportive of their future goals as well as your own.

8. Be mindful in your relationship

Mindfulness of your emotional state, your partner’s feelings, the significance of this moment in the scope of your relationship. Indeed, each of these deserve our full attention. When we are shielded from experiencing the fullness of our relationship, we miss out on the wonderful moments.

9. Master the art of communication

By communication, we mean listening more than speaking your meaning. The Gottman Institute studied the difference between couples divorced after six years and those who had stayed together. The difference between divorce and happiness was simple; paying attention to your partner when they are interested in something versus ignoring them.

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If your partner is interested in something, they are basically asking you to turn toward them. If you decide to turn away, you deny their request for your attention. Repeated turning away makes your partner feel unloved.

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10. Build intimacy outside of sex

Sexual passion is not always an enduring factor in long-term relationships. So this golden rule is important to ensure that your relationship has the power of many intimate moments, shared jokes, joy, laughter, and connectedness that will keep you bonded for life.