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Together for the Long Haul: 5 Keys to a Successful Relationship

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The old statistic that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce is changing. Today only about 1 in 4 marriages end in divorce. Are you looking to improve your relationship and stay together for the long term?

The divorce rate in the U.S. is high, mostly because couples don’t know how to keep the fire burning. Here are 5 keys to a successful relationship.

1. Be True to Yourself

You can’t be afraid to be yourself in a relationship. You should feel safe showing your true self. If you hide who you are, your partner will never be able to truly accept you.

A good relationship involves showing your bad and good sides. To be happy, you need to be authentic, or you will never relax.

2. Set Expectations

It’s important to know what each person expects out of the relationship. You each need to know your role. You will face up and downs, so don’t expect love to always solve the problem.

For example, tell your partner you want him or her to be supportive, make you laugh, or even simple chores you want to divide. Setting clear expectations will help improve your relationship.

3. Make the Relationship Priority

Each person needs to be considerate and attend to the other person. Both parties need to feel respected. You need to consider the “we” in a relationship and not the “I.”

Make sure you are always giving all of yourself. You may have to sacrifice your own needs at times. You should always consider your partner’s feelings when you make decisions.

Your relationship needs to remain a priority over time. It can be hard at times with kids, busy work schedules, and other commitments. Set a regular schedule to do something together even if it’s just talking for 10 minutes in the evening about your feelings.

Try some simple surprises to show you care and make the relationship a priority. Small notes, cards, and gifts show you care. If you are looking for an even bigger gift to show your commitment, check out this website.

4. Open Communication

You need to stay open with each other. Your partner should know exactly how you feel. Open communication is vital to get to know your partner and for your partner to get to know you.

Make sure you talk about all the important topics in life like money, gender roles, relatives, children, and sex. You don’t need to be on the same page for these topics, but you need to have an understanding of how the other feels.

5. Focus on Intimacy

While it’s important to communicate and discuss your emotional relationships, you also need to work on your physical connection. You should spend time together and touch for at least a few minutes a day.

Look into each other’s eyes. Let your partner know you care about them emotionally and physically. It will strengthen your connection.

Keys to a Successful Relationship Final Thoughts

The keys to a successful relationship start with the desire to want to work on your relationship. You need to make your relationship top priority and also be true to yourself. Be open, honest, and spend intimate moments together.

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