There are some things that will never go out of style— a little black dress, your great grandmother’s famous recipe, a red lip, and most importantly, relationship advice.
“Relationships are so easy,” said no one ever. They take a lot of work, dedication and passion for one another. There will moments of pure bliss, moments where you question everything, and moments that will test your strength. To have a long-lasting relationship you two have to come together and put in the effort.
You can find relationship advice anywhere. From your crazy Aunt Leslie, your next-door neighbor, the self-help section at any bookstore, etc. Some of the advice you will receive will be helpful, and some only worked for the person telling it. But then there’s that timeless advice that seems to stick with every couple. Think of these as the Ten Commandments of being in a relationship.
I can’t say that if you follow each and every one of these things that your relationship will be perfect. But I can say you two will have a happier and healthier relationship.
Here is some timeless relationship advice to never forget.
Honesty Is The Best Policy
For any relationship to grow strong, both partners need to be upfront and honest. What’s the point of being in a relationship if you have to walk on eggshells? Throw away those shells and speak your truth. Whether that means letting your partner know what you like in the bedroom, or telling him/her that you really hate that show you two always watch. Sometimes the truth hurts, but it’s better in the long run.
Treat Your Partner The Way You Want To Be Treated
Ah, the golden rule. It’s golden for a reason. Sometimes we get caught up with life and forget how we are treating others, especially our partners. That is why it’s vital for you to remember this rule and treat your partner with kindness, respect and thoughtfulness.
Keep The Romance Alive
Romance shouldn’t die after the honeymoon stage is over. Keep that flame going with romantic gestures and acts. Make your partner feel desired. Sending flowers never hurt anyone. And, who said love notes were a thing of the past? Keep the romance alive and it will help keep your relationship alive as well.
The More Sex You Have, The More You Want It
Sex does a body and a relationship good. It’s important that you are with someone that is on the same sex page as you. It's an area that everyone differs in, and that’s okay. Sometimes when you’re in a longterm relationship, the sex starts to dwindle. That’s why you and your boo need to make a conscious effort of keeping it sexy. The more sex you have, the more you'll want it. Likewise, the less sex you have, the less you want it. So get on it!
Remember The Little Things
The devil is in the details, and also the little things. Don’t forget to do those little things that you used to do when you two first became a couple. Trust me, the little things add up to big things.
Being intimate in a relationship doesn’t just translate to “have more sex.” It’s important for you two to feel close and intimate throughout your relationship. If the intimacy dies, well then, so does your relationship. You need to touch each other to remain physically close (holding hands, cuddling, sex). You need to remain emotionally intimate as well.
Your Partner Should Compliment You, Not Complete You
A healthy partnership shouldn’t make you feel whole, it should be an added bonus to your already whole self. Having your significant other complete you could be crossing a fine line of co-dependency. A successful relationship involves two complete people coming together. Keeping your independence in a relationship will make for a very satisfying affair.
Foster Common Interests & Have Your Own
Finding common interests together will lead you through a lifetime of happiness, or at least a lifetime of good fun. Having things that you two enjoy will make for better bonding. Whether it be going to concerts together, playing tennis, or even binge watching Homeland — you’ll do these activities together. On the other hand, it’s also essential that you and your partner have separate interests as well. That way you both bring something to the table, other than dinner.