Can you improve your relationship?
Not all relationships sail smoothly. Sometimes, the ride gets tough. There could be misunderstanding and arguments.
The good news is you can always do something to improve your relationship. Scientific findings suggest that there’s always a hope even in a sinking relationship.
All you need to do is to develop certain habits that could eliminate the gap between you and your partner.
A meta-analysis published in 2012 found ways on how to boost a romantic relationship. Take a look at the following:
- Being comfortable in sharing your feelings with your partner
- Maintain a sense of humor
- Making your partner feel that you are committed
- Doing the household chores together
- Being transparent with your social network accounts
To make these techniques effective, make sure that your partner noticed your behaviors. If not, your efforts might be wasted.
Being in a relationship is like riding a vehicle. You need to fuel it to keep it running. “Relationships are like cars in that you have to do certain things to keep them running, especially when your goal is to strengthen and preserve your bond with your partner,” said Brian Ogolsky, the study’s first author.
Being open is one of the most important components of a successful relationship.
Aside from being open, you need to make your partner feel that s/he is a big part of you. “It’s also important to assure your partner that you’re in the relationship for a long haul, to divide household chores and responsibilities equally, and to make an effort to include your partner’s friends and family in some of your activities,” Ogolsky added.
These techniques will not only help the relationship thrive, but also make the relationship even more interesting.
“Persons who use any of these maintenance strategies will not only be more satisfied with and committed to their relationship, they are also likely to continue to love and, yes, even like each other throughout its duration,” said Ogolsky.
To improve your relationship always starts with small habits. Your small and consistent actions will be enough to make your behavior noticed by your partner.
“Even a small attempt at maintenance, such as asking how your partner’s day was, sending a humorous text to make him laugh, or picking up the phone and calling your mother-or father-in-law, can have a positive impact on your relationship and make you happier,” said Ogolsky.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.