With Valentines day upon us it is a great time to reflect on the quality of our relationships.
For relationships to survive they cannot be taken for granted and need to be attended to regularly as a priority.
Here are 6 ways to improve your relationship.
(Adapted from an article in Psychology Today online, by Barton Goldsmith Ph.D)
1) Communication: Sharing thoughts and feelings without concern about being judged is a most important part of a relationship. Neither you nor your partner are mind readers. Be a good listener and a communicator.
2) Acknowledgment: Expressing appreciation towards one another. Supporting each others actions and efforts. Showing gratitude.
3) Interdependence: Work on your ability to be involved with each other in a supportive way with out compromising your individual values. Balancing time together with time for yourself.
4) Playfulness: Make time to have fun together. This is especially important in this fast paced and stressful society. Sharing fun, playful moments create more feelings of closeness.
5) Positivity: Making a mutual choice to maintain a positive attitude.
6) Honesty: Having a partner you can trust creates a buffer between you and the difficulties of the world.
"Every successful relationship needs the care and nurturing of two committed adults giving to each other in a way that creates a mutually beneficial connection. Make the effort, you are both worth it!"