Love is the foundation of every relationship but it takes more to keep it healthy. To make your relationship last
and keep it healthy and strong, both partners should put in equal efforts. There are going to arguments and disagreements but you should be able to solve them without biting each other’s heads off.

Here are eight ways to your relationship healthy and become a happy couple:

1. Learn to accept and appreciate

It is in human nature to make mistakes. You cannot expect yourself or your partner to be the best version of themselves at all times. If your partner is being wrong, use gentle words and constructive criticism to tell it to them. Make sure to tell them that you are always there whenever they need you.

2. Stay playful

The secret to a long-lasting relationship is doing fun things together. Take your partner to the movies or drive across town to a new restaurant. If you are feeling defensive about something your partner said, reply using a joke instead of some rude words. Physical affection is important in every relationship. It doesn’t mean you have start making love every change you get. Give random kisses, hold hands, and give hugs as it releases feel good hormones and keeps the two of you close.

3. Give your partner personal space

Humans want closeness but they also want their own space. Cuddle up on some mornings but on other days, get on with your schedule, so neither of you feel pricked.

4. Use the AAA plan

The AAA plan by Mira Kirshenbaum, author of The Weekend Marriage, stands for apology, affection, and a promise of action. If you hurt your partner, apologise to them before matters get worse, show affection like a kiss or a hug, and promise that you won’t repeat the mistake.

5. Start a tradition

Every couple has a tradition, which shows that they are interested in keeping the relationship alive. Go on dates on Saturday night, plan a weekend trip once every three months, take birthday trips, and plan random surprises to show your affection. Both partners should put in equal efforts as it develops a sense of understanding between a two.

6. Always be supportive

If your partner is starting a new business or taking up on a new habit, encourage and support them. The key is to believe in your partner and provide guidance in every way possible. If your partner is working over time, help with the dishes, put the children to bed, and give them a nice massage in the night.

7. Show vulnerability

You don’t have to be strong all the time in front of your partner. Showing vulnerability strengthens emotional intimacy between the two of you and helps to understand each other’s strengths, weaknesses, fears, and phobias. Don’t shy away from asking for help whether it is helping with work or coping up with stress. Never miss an opportunity to show how much you love them. Bring them flowers, favorite ice cream, or take them to random dinners at their favorite restaurant.

Ritika Tiwari
Freelance Writer/ Blogger/ Content Strategist