Being in a relationship can feel wonderful and there’s nothing more amazing than feeling that the bond you share with your partner is getting stronger. If you’re in a happy relationship, you can keep it that way by introducing a few new things into your relationship that perhaps you are not presently doing. Remember, having a good relationship takes time, intention and effort.
Here are 6 evidence-based approaches that will help you enjoy a more fulfilling connection with your partner.
1.Listen– Listening is a great way to boost intimacy. Make a sincere effort to always listen to your partner, especially when they’re talking about something that relates to your relationship. Listen to understand what they’re saying not just to give a response. This helps your partner feel like you value the relationship and care about them deeply.
2.Appreciate your partner– Think about something your partner does that makes your life easier, especially something you view as their responsibility, such as paying their share of the bills. Thank them sincerely for it. This might feel weird since it’s something they should do anyway, but it makes them feel good and your relationship more satisfying. So take 5 minutes to say something like ‘I appreciate you for working hard so you can afford to help pay the bills’ and watch out for the huge smile on their face afterwards
3.Schedule quiet time– In today’s world it’s incredibly hard to focus on one thing. At least once a week, turn off all electronic devices and participate in an activity you both enjoy. You could watch your favorite movie, massage each other, or play a board game. This gives you time to enjoy each other and connect on a deeper level.
4.Do random acts of kindness often- Do things that will make your partner feel important and loved often. It can be as simple as making their favorite breakfast, creating a playlist or sending them a love note via email. Research shows that these little ways of showing affection accumulate and have a bigger impact on couple happiness than infrequent grand gestures.
5.Show empathy– Always take your partner’s feelings seriously, even when you feel like they’re irrational. When you find it difficult to empathize, take a deep breath and remind yourself that their feelings are important.
6.Communicate healthily– Communication is key. Good communication skills help your relationship thrive. This means, asking your partner what they need, and telling them what you need as well. Check in with them regularly to ensure they’re feeling good, and learning to argue in a way that doesn’t hurt your relationship further.
If you would like to improve your relationship and strengthen the bond between you and your partner, even more, you can book a relationship counselling session with Deborah. She specializes in helping couples work on strengthening they emotional and physical connection as well as improving communication in relationships.