How to Thrive in Love
"Happily ever after" is a fantasy that many people desire to have, and while it is possible to have a thriving relationship for decades, it takes hard work and commitment. Couples who have a seemingly perfect relationship will tell you that it did not happen in one day; each person in a relationship has to do their part to make the relationship thrive, and even there, there could still be frictions. So, what can you do to make your relationship thrive? These are the seven elements that make up a happy relationship and the ones that you should aspire to have:
1. Constant and honest communication
Sometimes it takes one seemingly insignificant lie to create a crack in a relationship that will become bigger and more significant as time goes by. To prevent this from happening to you and your partner, you should try to be as honest as possible and communicate as much as possible, even through hard times. Communication will get you and your partner closer and will save you from the pitfalls of losing connection with one another.
2. Empathy and understanding
We can never truly understand what it feels like to be in another person's shoes, but the very least we can do is try to empathize with what they are going through. One of the most important elements for a thriving relationship is trying to understand your partner the best you can. Truly listen to what your partner is saying, and put yourself in their place so you can feel what they feel and handle conflicts better.
3. A good sense of humor
This life we live can be a bit ridiculous and rigorous from time to time, which can make or break a relationship. To keep each other going and break from the daily routine, try to have a sense of humor in your relationship. Laughing together, even through tough times, is a breath of fresh air that will strengthen your relationship with your partner and allow you to not only "get by", but have fun while you are at it.
4. Working through difficulties
Giving up whenever an argument of a problem arise is the easiest thing to do, and a great way to end a relationship quickly. However, if you think your relationship is worth saving, sometimes you will have to fight for it; when you share a life with another person, you are bound to have disagreements and the way you handle them will set the course for your future together. So, if you want to have a thriving partnership with another person, you need to learn how to handle struggles and disagreements.
5. Mutual respect
Your partner is someone that you should be comfortable around and be able to say and do whatever you want with them but do so in the correct way. Respecting your partner will make your relationship stronger, and it is the very basis of a partnership, along with love. So, when conversing with your partner, set boundaries and if you feel that you may say something that you may regret, stop the conversation and go cool off. Somethings cannot be unsaid, and you should have enough respect for your partner to avoid saying such things, and vice versa.
Breaking trust, cheating, and lying to your partner will guarantee the quick ending of your relationship. When couples lose trust, most of them don't make through the other end, which can cause the ending of what could be a great love. If you want to move forward with your partner and grow together, you should earn their trust and do what you can not to break it.
7. Mutual goals for the future
To have a future together, you and your partner must have the same goals, at least with "big issues"; getting married or not, how many children you want, where you want to live, how you want to live, and other goals are all things you should discuss when planning a future together. You should define points of flexibility and points that are deal-breakers for you, and have conversations about how you want your mutual future to be like. A good relationship is one in which both sides share the same aspirations for the future, so you should find out if that is the case in your relationship.
A thriving relationship needs constant nourishment, and for both partners to be willing to do the necessary work. The point above is some of the most important ones that every relationship needs, but at the end of the day, the way you apply theory on your relationship will determine how successful it is. So, put theory to practice and you will be able to have a thriving, loving relationship for years to come.