If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years of dating, it’s that communication is the key to a smooth and happy relationship. Emphasis on the smooth part.
Communication is key in any relationship. I’d rank it as the number one thing that helps any relationship last for a long, long time. Talking to each other is one thing, but communicating with your partner is an artform you refine over the years of dating them.
Relationships that have seen the test of time have fallen apart because of wear and tear. It all boils down to how smoothly and effectively you communicate with your partner. Now the question is how do you keep things running smoothly? We’ve got a few pointers for you.
1. Ask them how they are feeling
We don’t often think about asking people how they are feeling. We overlook this basic question a lot of times, especially when we think we know the person inside-out. A lot of times, feelings and emotions can be a tough topic to breach, especially when it’s your own partner. So reaching out occasionally will keep things running smoothly in your relationship.
2. Ask them about their day
It’s a great way to get to know how your partner’s day went. Just asking them how their day was will show them how much you care. Maybe they had a stressful day at work, or maybe something really funny happened to them. Whatever it may be, the fact that you asked them about their day shows your partner that you are invested in their lives.
3. Be a good listener
4. Don’t forget to say thanks
Have you thanked your partner for being there for you? Showing your significant other your appreciation for them will take your relationship a long way. For your part, you’re actually taking the time to pick out qualities of your partner that you have grown to appreciate. Like if your partner is trying hard to quit smoking, then you should take out the time to thank them. Why? Because they actually listened to you and paid enough attention to make that change. Thanking your partner will also make them feel appreciated.
5. Talk about anything that could mess things up
6. Check in on your relationship status
Talking about where you both stand in your relationship is important. Keeping a tab on where you stand in your relationship basically ensures that you and your partner are on the same page. If you’re in a long-term relationship, it helps knowing when you guys want to take the next big step in your relationship: marriage.
7. Respond to them
Communication is a give-and-take process. You have to be able to give a response to your partner. Especially if they’re looking for your advice. It’s not just about advice, though. Just being responsive to their texts or their calls will really boost their confidence. The simple act of responding will make them feel valued, appreciated, and loved.
8. Don’t harp on the nitty-gritty
9. Be open-minded
10. Be accepting of change
We’re human. We’re moving forward, and that means that things are bound to change in some way or another. You have to understand that no one stays the same throughout their lifespan. Attitudes change, emotions strengthen, people grow. It’s a part of life, and it’s definitely a part of your partner’s! Don’t let change take you by surprise. Embrace it and allow it to make you a better person.