Many books and movies tell us that once you find that “happily ever after,” it’s easy to maintain. But the reality is, humans are complex creatures. We have emotions and needs that we don’t always know how to express. When you put two people with their own unique needs in a relationship, suddenly “happily ever after” can be a lot of work.
But if you take the time to understand just a few things about how to make a relationship work, you just might make your own fairy tale. Here are some important suggestions:
Healthy Communication Part I: Speaking clearly. No matter the situation, let your partner know how you feel and what you need. Rather than blame your partner when you’re angry, tell them you’re angry and explain why without pointing any fingers. When you’re able to articulate the emotion, it’s the first step to finding a solution. If you’re not sure what you’re feeling, then you can say that too.
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Healthy Communication Part II: Listening. Respect your partner: listen without interrupting and let them know that their feelings and needs are important to you. This mutual respect is the foundation of a solid relationship. You might even try paraphrasing what they’ve told you to make sure you understand and let them know you are really listening.
Compromise: Learning how to compromise can be an incredibly difficult thing for some of us to do – but it is crucial to a relationship. Once you’ve engaged in healthy communication (Parts I and II) compromise is your road to a solution. He likes the mountains and you like the beach, perhaps you plan two parts to a vacation or two different vacations so everyone gets what they need.
Patience: Assuming you want to be in this relationship for the long-term, it’s important to understand the power of patience. Communicating can be hard work, but when you put in the time, the outcome can be a happy couple. So whether your significant other is going through a crisis or maybe doesn’t do the dishes the way you think they should, stop for a moment, have compassion and take a deep breath. Think about things from their point of view. Then communicate with an open mind and an open heart.
Sense of Humor: All that communicating can really bring up some personal issues for each of you. Being able to laugh at your insecurities or personal limitations can be refreshing and liberating. Life is too short to carry around so much baggage; remember there is beauty in laughing at yourself and with your partner.
I truly hope this information has been helpful to you. If you are having trouble communicating with your partner, our Master Psychic Readers can help you find a clear path to move forward.
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