Sometimes the best working knowledge comes through trial and error. This would also include the area of relationships. Here are my findings in what make a stable, healthy relationship work.
When people have a healthy level of respect for their partner, there is a natural inclination to be considerate of the others feelings, boundaries, and views. Some of which you may not comprehend. You don't have to understand the reasoning behind all of their quirks, just respect them.
Talk to each other openly. Lack of communication is a leading cause of many failing relationships. Be honest about what you are thinking and/or how you are feeling. Don't say what you think they want to hear. How can you hold someone responsible for hurting your feeling or crossing lines if you don't tell them that they are doing it to begin with? Don't expect your partner to automatically know these things. They aren't psychic.
It's easy to love someone when they are being lovable, but what about when they aren't so sweet? Realize that when you commit to a person, you are committing to all of them, the good and the bad. Don't expect perfection from them. Everyone has bad days. Love them through it.
Be grateful for the mundane, everyday things your partner does for you that can be taken for granted. When you are drinking your morning cup of coffee, be thankful he made it for you. When you put on your favorite shirt, be appreciative that she did the laundry. Gratitude has a way of taking your appreciation for each other to a new level
Last but not least, make time for your partner. Life can get hectic at times. This is not an appropriate excuse for lack of time spent with your significant other. Time doesn't equal extravagance. Keep it simple. Take a walk. Cuddle up and watch a movie together. There are a number of things that can improve the quality of your relationship. Doing them together is the key.
Following these tips and suggestions can keep you on a path that's already moving forward or put you back on the right track. The amount of time and energy you put into your relationship is up to you!
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