February is a great month to examine your relationship with the special person in your life. Often we find relationships lose their spark as time passes. Partners start taking each other for granted and begin dwelling on the negative traits of their significant other instead of the positive. Here'sВ a list of 10 Tips that I've put together that will help put the pizzazz back in your relationship, and more important... the respect.
10 Tips for a Successful Relationship
- DonвЂ™t sweat the small stuff. There will be enough big things to worry about. Learn to let the little things slide.
- Say I love you often. DonвЂ™t let a day go by without say these three simple words. Let there be no doubt in your partners mind that you mean it when you say it.
- Take time for each other. There will be a lot of things in life that will demand your time. Plan a date night each week to ensure you spend quality time together.
- Make your time together special. Take turns planning something different to do on date nightвЂ¦ a moonlight hike, roller skating in the park, or a picnic on the beach. Go the extra mile to do activities that will build memories.
- Enjoy having different opinions. Can you imagine how boring the world would be if everyone believed the same thing. Likewise, learn to appreciate your partners opinion, although different from yours.
- Do the little unexpected things. ItвЂ™s often the small things that make the biggest impact вЂ“ a love you note on a pillow or in a lunch bucket, flowers for no reason, preparing an unexpected romantic meal, or giving your spouse a back rub when theyвЂ™re tired or stressed.
- Appreciate the things your significant other does for you. Often, couples get so caught up in daily routines, they forget to appreciate the things their spouse does for them. A simple thank you goes a long way. A nice I appreciate all you do for me note can make a personвЂ™s day seem a little brighter.
- Compromise.ItвЂ™s not about being right or wrong, itвЂ™s about reaching middle ground. Learn to compromise so that both you and your spouse can come out winners.
- DonвЂ™t be afraid to say IвЂ™m sorry. Several friends have told me these two words are extremely hard for them to say. Saying your sorry doesnвЂ™t always mean you were wrong. Those two words can mean IвЂ™m sorry we had a fight over this, or IвЂ™m sorry I raised my voice. Perhaps itвЂ™s just being able to admit you arenвЂ™t perfect that makes you a little easier to live with.
- DonвЂ™t say negative things about your partner to others. Always have his or her back, even when they may be wrong.
I encourage you to write your own list with the help of your partner. Make this the year to strengthen your relationship to ensure it lasts a lifetime. Feel free to add your Tips for a Successful Relationship in the comment section below.
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Lynda Fisher is the author of Your Legacy, Your Life and I Wish You Happiness: Creating an Ethical Will for the People You Love. She is passionate about the practice of Legacy writing. As a speaker, author and business entrepreneur, she is sharing her message with others throughout North America in hopes they will join her in her crusade to preserve their life stories and family history.