If you are in a relationship with someone you are attracted to, then you are on the right track to having a happy relationship. But, you are not guaranteed to have a happy relationship. Relationships that are healthy and fulfilling have a few common characteristics about them. The good news is that everyone can make these things a part of their relationship with some effort.
1. Be Honest
Lying about anything is just a waste of time in a relationship. Doing so will always promote unhappiness on some level because those lies stick with you like glue and have a negative influence on how you view your partner and how you interact with them. Therefore, be honest about who you are, what you want, what bothers you, what you love, what you need, and what’s not working for you in the relationship. Honesty is the only way to get what you want out of the relationship and make your true self heard. Honestly also helps you release feelings of anger or guilt so that you can forgive and move on – which is very important if you want to have a happy relationship.
2. Work On Yourself
You can’t change your partner. It’s impossible. They are a human, not a robot that can be reprogrammed with a few pieces of code. They have to feel the desire to change before they will. Therefore, the only thing you constantly have control over is yourself. You can become a better communicator. You can become more compassionate. You can develop a deeper understanding of your partner. Interestingly, when you work on yourself, your partner may start to work on themselves too. They see the changes in you and how you interact with them, which can motivate them to become someone better too.
3. Don’t Allow Any Level Of Mistreatment
I know too many people who let themselves be mistreated so that they don’t make waves in the relationship. Unfortunately, this just results in their happiness, which affects the relationship in a negative way. Always remember that nobody should be able to mistreat you and get away with it. That’s not how happy relationships work! If you are being mistreated emotionally, physically, or mentally, then make sure you take consistent action until you deal with it and stop it.
4. Practice Acceptance
You may have been perfectly in sync when you first met, but as time goes on your beliefs, habits, and interests will change. It’s easy to be in a happy relationship when you are on the same page, but once you start to migrate towards different paths in life, it becomes harder. This is where acceptance comes in. You must remember that we are all here to grow and experience life, and your path in life is not going to look like anyone else’s path – not even someone who is very close to you. When you accept that they are doing what they need to do for their happiness, and let them be who they are, your relationship will be much happier!
5. Take Time For Your Relationship
Life is busy, and when free time comes around most of us sit down and watch TV, but that will not help you create a happy relationship. It’s important to spend quality time together to reconnect, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company. Therefore, put aside some time to turn off the TV and talk, play a game, or go out for dinner. The more time you put into your relationship doing fun things together, the more happiness you will squeeze out of it.