So, you’ve found a new lover, and he or she makes your heart soar. In this world, finding someone who complements you and just gets you isn’t easy, but keeping them around can be even more of a challenge. Relationships do take effort, and communicating with one another to figure out what you both need to remain happy in the partnership is essential. You might have found someone who takes your breath away, but if you want them to stick around for a while, make sure to make these things an integral part of your relationship.
Here are 5 things you need to do to keep your partner:
1. Make sure you work on yourself just as much as your romantic relationship.
In order to have a successful relationship in your life, you need to make sure to honor and develop your personal relationship with yourself, too. All of the love we experience in life starts from within, and flows outward toward others in our lives. The more love you have cultivated within yourself, the more you can experience and share with others. Working on yourself might seem like a daunting task, but the rewards you’ll experience make it totally worth it. Nothing feels as satisfying as growing beyond what you thought possible, and your romantic partner will appreciate and love you that much more for becoming a better, more whole version of yourself.
2. Keep the lines of communication open at all times.
Relationships can’t thrive in an environment where open, honest communication doesn’t exist. A successful relationship requires both partners to share their deepest thoughts and feelings with one another regularly, and not feel that they have to hold back to keep one another comfortable. If you have a problem with your partner, share it with them before it becomes a bigger issue. The longer you hold something in, the more it will eat away at you.
Your partner should be the one person in your life that you feel you can talk to about anything, so if you want to keep your partner, make sure to open up your heart and get comfortable with vulnerability.
3. Explore ways to become more emotionally intimate.
Of course, physical intimacy matters greatly in a relationship, but make sure you nurture the emotional side of your relationship, too. Ask your partner how they feel, text them throughout the day to let them know you’re thinking of them, and have deep conversations with him or her often. Pick their brain, and make them feel as though you care to know every thought and emotion running through their veins.
Relationships require a deep bond in order to last, so make sure you get to know your partner inside and out, and remember to fall in love with their soul as much as their mind and body. According to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the most successful adult relationships consist of a feeling of closeness as well as the ability to depend on others for emotional support.
4. Listen, always.
Perhaps one of the best ways to keep your partner around is to commit to listening to whatever they have to say at all times. Once you can learn to quiet your mind and really pay attention to every word someone else says, you can truly connect with them on an intimate level. Listening requires you to drop your ego and remain fully present in the moment; it requires patience and care; it requires unconditional love and understanding. In our society where everyone wants to make their voice heard, the art of listening has fallen to the wayside.
If you want a successful partnership, never forget the power of truly listening to your loved one.
5. Accept your partner unconditionally and wholeheartedly.
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Also, don’t ever try to change your partner. You fell in love with them in the first place, so you obviously admire certain qualities about them. Down the road, you might start to notice little things that annoy you about them, but loving them unconditionally requires you to accept them, flaws and all. Embrace both the dark and light parts of your partner, and you’ll have him or her by your side for a long time to come.