With cherry blossoms blooming and the sunshine poking through the clouds, spring is just around the corner. We all know what that means–love is in the air. Spring breezes and pretty pink flowers fill the trees, setting the perfect mood for dates with the one you love. Here are some ways to maintain that sweet relationship as time progresses.

1. Trust each other.

Steady trust is important in a relationship. If there is no trust, it is very easy to be skeptical of the person, which could lead to an unstable relationship. Honesty and giving your partner some space regarding their personal lives can be ways to help build the trust slowly but surely.

2. Be friends.

Friends are usually the most relaxed around each other, so a healthy relationship should be one in which you and your significant other are good friends who regularly have fun together but also kiss each other goodbye.

3. Understand that no people are the same.

Everyone is different from each other. There will be clashes in opinions and ways of thinking. Understanding these differences and respecting each other’s opinions is the first step on the path to a more stable relationship.

4. Be understanding.

Being understanding applies to not only romantic relationships but all social relationships in general. Being stubborn and refusing to understand and accept your partner will only lead to bigger problems.When going through conflict, try to put yourself in his/her shoes and understand the situation through the other person’s perspective.

5. Don’t take them for granted.

People often only realize how important something is when they lose it.  When times are tough, try to remember the first time you fell in love and cherish that feeling. Realise that this person can leave your life at any time, and yet every day, they wake up and choose to be with you. Try to imagine how different your life would be without them. Don’t regret not loving them more after you lose them: what’s gone is always more bittersweet, and it is easy to forget someone’s significance when they are always besides you.

6. Make an effort to always show that you love them.

Being expressive is important. Even if  you really love them, your partner will not be able to read your mind and know how you feel about them unless you show them. Always show your affection and appreciation for your significant other through small but meaningful words, conversations, and gestures.

7. Be yourself.

Being comfortable in your own skin around your SO is very important, because a relationship in which you are not yourself is not a relationship you want to be in. If you mask your real identity in front of your significant other just to impress them, maintaining a long-term relationship will be difficult as you will be spending a lot of time with them, and it can be exhausting to try and keep up a facade. It is important to be yourself and show your partner what type of person he or she is getting in a relationship with. Trying to maintain a false persona whilst hiding your true self will only hurt you and your SO.

8. Respect them as much as they respect you.

Respect is something that you need to give in order to receive. If you do not show that you respect your partner’s decisions or choices, it is hard to be compatible with your significant other.

9. Be explicit in your opinions.

No one can read minds. Telling your significant other how you feel about certain things that might irk you or constantly speaking your mind is important. If you communicate your opinions explicitly and clearly, it is easier for your significant other to understand and work with you in accordance with your values.

10. Understand that no relationship is always perfect, all the time.

Relationships are not always rainbows and unicorns. Expect ups and downs in your relationship. It is natural to fight or have disagreements. These arguments (or sometimes, even breaks in the relationship) may help you take some time to reflect on your relationship and strengthen it.

 

Stable relationships don’t just happen at the snap of a finger. You and your partner must slowly build trust and friendship over time, developing a close connection. It takes time and effort on both ends to start and maintain healthy romantic relationships, and it will not always be easy – but it is always worth it. Relationship stability is key to being happy with your significant other, so you and your significant other should work together to strive to have a healthy relationship that lasts.

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