7 Essential Keys Needed for a Healthy Relationship
I recently came across a post facebook about what a woman could do to make her man happy. As a wife, counselor, blogger, and lover of great conversation. I could not help but share my point of view. I figured why not broaden the topic to share more about how both men and women can work to keep each other happy.
Having been recently married to the love of my life, before we jumped the broom we received a great deal of advice about how to have a happy marriage. Some advice was great while other “words of wisdom” we smiled at and both agreed would not work for us. We had many conversations as we always had, about what would keep us together. We also talked about possible red flags to watch out for along the way. As cliché, as it sounds communication really, is key. We believe it whole heartily.
At our wedding, we even had a keys to success board for people to share their ideas, well wishes and words of advice. Copious amounts of information for us to consider as we embarked on the new journey of marriage together. We were sure there were many things that could make a marriage last. Equally, in turn, there could be many things that could also contribute to a marriage ending. It is not just about one person making a marriage work or keeping one person happy but two.
Read below and you will find 7 tips to help keep make each other happy.
Unconditional love -Having love for the person regardless of anything and loving the person without limitations. Caring for the person even when things are not one hundred percent checked off of your list. Agape love
Mutual Respect -There must be a mutual respect for each other. If we do not respect ourselves we behave in a way that it not healthy and otherwise not supportive of growth. If we do not respect our partner we do not honor the relationship/marriage nor the person. This leaves room for problems to come in.
Honesty -Being honest with ourselves and our partner is another cornerstone of a healthy marriage. Secrets open the door for strains on a relationship.
Acceptance -Learning to accept is another key to a healthy relationship. We must have acceptance of ourselves and our partner. Growing in the area of accepting strengths as well as weaknesses otherwise referred to as opportunities to grow (weakness put gently).
Friendship –Having a lasting friendship can really help women and men work through the difficulties that come with relationships and marriage. Couples that are friends tend to genuinely like each other.
Time –Time to grow, time together and time apart to reflect. You do not have to be with each other every waking moment of the day. Even when you are not with the person every moment the relationship can still be awesome. You two also need quality time together, for bonding and lots of other fun activities left to your imagination.
Connectedness –Being connected spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally. This doesn’t mean you have to be each other’s clone yet being able to be alike and different in ways that help you all as a couple. Practicing being connected helps you to learn, change and grow together.