1. You have to prioritize communication in the relationship.
You always have to make sure that you have a strong communication game going on in your relationship. It’s only through honest and effective communication where the both of you are going to be able to really connect with one another. You can’t possibly resolve any issues or get intimate with one another as a couple if you don’t communicate with each other. You are both always going to have to communicate if you want to stay on the same page.
2. Always put effort and meaning into your dates.
Your dates are events you should never take for granted. Yes, throughout the course of your relationship, you are going to have hundreds or thousands of dates in the relationship. But you have to make sure that you take NONE of them for granted. You always have to put effort into planning your dates because these are all opportunities for you to make memories together and spend quality time with each other.
3. Commit to loving one another every single day.
Remember that love is a choice that you have to make every single day. A relationship is something that you have to commit to. And you have to renew that commitment every day that you’re together. You have to always be working on it.
4. Learn how to argue in a mature manner.
Just because you love one another and you are in a relationship together doesn’t mean that you are going to have the same thoughts and opinions on everything. You aren’t always going to see eye to eye on every single issue. And in those cases, it’s important that the two of you are able to argue and manage your conflict effectively. In any kind of relationship, conflict is going to be inevitable. But that doesn’t mean that your relationship has to blow up in flames. The strength of a relationship isn’t defined by how little arguments you have; it’s about how well you are able to handle your disagreements.
5. Always make your partner feel included in your own life.
Remember that you are now in a relationship. You are now a partnership. And that means that you can’t be conducting your life in a selfish manner. You have to make sure that your partner always feels included in your life. You can’t be shutting each other out. You can’t be acting on your own. You can’t be keeping each other in the dark.
6. Find a reason to laugh as much as possible.
In the relationship, the two of you are going to go through many difficult trials and struggles. It’s not always going to be smooth sailing. And that’s okay. That’s normal for a relationship. However, in spite of all the troubles, you’re going to have to find a way to still have fun. And that’s where having a good sense of humor comes in handy. It’s going to lighten up your relationship even on the dark days. It’s always good when you are smiling and laughing as much as possible in your relationship.
7. Challenge yourselves as a couple.
When you constantly find new things to immerse yourselves in then you are constantly growing as a couple. There’s just something so endearing about knowing you have a shared task with someone you love. You always want opportunities to work together and get closer as a couple.
8. Never withhold your gratitude or appreciation for one another.
You should always be willing to express your appreciation and gratitude for each other in the relationship. The both of you are invested in your romance and you always put a lot of effort into it. Your partner’s efforts should never be taken for granted. And that’s why you must always do what you can to make sure that you genuinely appreciate your partner’s efforts. You can’t be taking each other for granted in your relationship.
9. Always practice mutual respect in the relationship.
No relationship is ever going to survive when there is no mutual respect there. Mutual respect is something that preserves a sense of balance and camaraderie between two people in any kind of relationship. When you don’t respect one another, then it can lead to a lot of hurt feelings, unmet expectations, and selfish behaviors. You must always make it a point to be respectful of one another even when it’s difficult.
10. Love the way that you’re supposed to love – wholeheartedly.
There is no chance in hell that you would ever be able to make your relationship work unless you’re giving it your all. When it comes to love, there is no such thing as holding back. When it comes to love, it’s either you have it or you don’t. There is no room for doubt or uncertainty. When it comes to love, you always have to make sure that you are giving your partner everything that you could possibly give. It’s either you love your partner wholeheartedly or not at all.