What Makes a Relationship Last Long

What Makes a Relationship Last Long

The longer you're with someone, the scarier the idea of a breakup can be, so putting some time and effort into making your relationship strong can be a great idea.

Being married or in a long-term relationship is a blessing, but it is not easy. It requires work, effort, lots of patience, and infinite understanding to succeed. If it were too easy, where would the excitement be? After a good number of years together, some couples start becoming more friends and less lovers, and some drift apart due to conflicting work schedules and separate interests. But there are things we can do to make it better and stronger, to work on keeping the spark alive to extend the relationship! 

 1. Learn To Listen Effectively

Listening isn't just about smiling and nodding. Good listeners really try to see their partner's point of view. They listen to what their partner says, rather than get defensive without understanding the partner’s point of view or where they’re coming from. It will make conflict-resolution a lot easier if you can really tune into your partner.

2. Never Stop Making Time For Each Other

It's not always easy to schedule time together and it's way too easy to let time pass without really connecting so make sure you keep putting time aside for just the two of you. It takes work to keep the romance alive and the couple has to make a conscious decision to put this work in. 

3. Control your jealousy even if you're madly in love with your partner and want them all to yourself. If you don't control your emotions, you’ll create constant problems that will make them leave you. You don't want that now do you?

4. Do not take your partner for granted even if you’re passing through not so ‘lovey-dovey’ phases.

5. Agree on your sexual needs. I'm not saying have sex. You can have 0 sex and be happy together as long as you’re both okay with it.

6. Master the balance of power. Both of you should have equal control of the relationship. The moment one of you becomes more controlling, you’ll take advantage and abuse each other.

7. Do not change to the worse for your partner.
Change to the best if you have to (for you and for your partner).

8. Think with your brain and not always with your heart when it comes to relationships because your emotions can be very intense that they could push your partner away (being TOO affectionate, or being TOO angry, being TOO jealous etc).

9. Be there for your partner when they need you, even if they claim they don't need you (your job is to feel it without the other person saying it).

10. Always trust your partner, otherwise problems/jealousy/insecurities will hit you like a truck.

11. Communicate and solve your problems in a mature way instead of leaving, shouting, fighting and arguing all the time.

12. Open up and let the other partner see you for your true self and nothing less.

13. Understand your other partner even if you both don't agree on something.

14. Be positive and happy. Nobody wants a partner that constantly nags, argues for lame reasons.

15. Be on the same level of maturity. I'm not saying you should be mature to make it work. You can both be immature and work it out. However, a mature person cannot in anyway stay long term with an immature one.

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