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7 Great Ways to Keep a Relationship Alive

  • Date Submitted: 03/23/2011 01:21 PM
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7 great ways to keep a relationship alive

credit: summer luu
I’m happy to say I finally feel like I’ve worked up enough credit to be able to speak on this topic (after 13 years of marriage), and aside from some ups and downs in the first couple years, I’m also pleased to say that things really have gone well overall!
I’d be a fool to believe that it’s all plain sailing now even after years have gone by, and it’s with this in mind that I reflect on some of the things I’ve learned (often through trial and error, mishaps and regrets!) along the way.
So here are some of the greatest ways to keep your relationship alive, make you appreciate your partner more, and ultimately stay happy!
1. Go the extra mile.
By this, I’m talking about going out of your way to do things for your partner. If you’re tired after work and sitting on the couch, hop up and help her with dinner for a while. Drive out to the shop and grab the bread she forgot to buy earlier. The small sacrifices you make will do wonders for your relationship: showing the person that you care enough to take action is far better than being all talk.
2. Compliment your partner.
I’ve spoken on the value of compliments to your co-workers, friends and acquaintances recently, and the same holds true for close relationships. If I want my wife to continue to look great and spend time looking after herself, complimenting and encouraging is really important! The same holds true for me also: I’m a lot more inclined to spend time on not just personal grooming and appearance, but also trying to be a better person if I’m hearing encouragement and getting support. Complimenting each other will certainly draw you closer.
3. Factor in some alone time.
This is really hard to do, especially if you’re like me and lead a fairly busy life. Throw in shift work and kids into the equation, and you start to forget who your partner is! It’s really important to make time for each other. You can do this by delaying other tasks...


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