1.Don’t aim for perfection
To begin with, you have to understand that there is no such thing as a perfect relationship. Every relationship goes through its highs and lows and the sooner you stop aiming for perfection, the better. Be open to conflicts and confrontations. In fact, it is these disagreements that help you understand each other better and help your relationship to grow. So, don’t be scared of having a fight or an argument. All that matters is how quickly you can resolve your differences and make up.
2.Have mutual respect
In order to be in a successful relationship, you both need to have a positive sense of self. This can only happen if you respect each other’s beliefs, lifestyles, attitude, and opinions. Having mutual respect in a relationship is thus extremely important. It would help restore the balance of power in the relationship and will give both of you the room to grow as individuals.
3.Make no comparisons
One of the biggest mistakes that you can make while in a relationship is to compare your bond with others. Know that every relationship has its problems and its strengths. It is unfair to compare your relationship with that of others. You must focus on what you have and how you can make it better. Cherish the good things that you have and try to improve on the negatives.
4.Learn to forgive
Your ability to forgive yourself and your partner is one of the things that will determine the strength of your relationship. Do not hold on to grudges and past disagreements. Forgiveness will not only give you peace but will also make you more open-minded.
5.Nurture the relationship constantly
Many a times when we are in a long-term relationship, we forget the importance of nurturing the relationship constantly. You start taking each other for granted and stop making all those big and small gestures that help you display your love for one another. Such an attitude often turns things bad in a relationship. Know that no matter how long a relation has lasted, it will require constant love and nurturing.
6.Build a strong friendship
If your relationship is based on a good friendship then it will be able to stand the test of time. You will be able to advise each other not as husband and wife but as friends. This will also ensure that you maintain a strong emotional bond with each other. Having a strong friendship also keeps jealousy, possessiveness, and selfishness in check.
7.Share the highs and lows
When you are in a relationship, you must work as a team to achieve a goal. In other words, you must share each other’s victories and defeats. Stand beside your partner when things are going wrong and give him/her a pat on the back when he/she achieves glory.