They say love is a beautiful thing and he who finds love, finds a good thing. A healthy relationship can never be if love is not literally oozing out of each party involved. It takes two to tango, right?
However, what makes a healthy romantic relationship differs from couple to couple.
Forming a trusting and positive partnership takes effort and time but the good thing is, once it happens, it is pure bliss.
Here are some habits of partners who are bound to stay happy and keep their connection strong along the way.
1. They always kiss their spouse hello and goodbye
There are going to be times that you are mad with your spouse. When you make it a habit to always kiss each other before leaving, you will have to put those differences aside. At least for a few moments, your attitude toward your spouse is going to soften. It ensures that you two connect, even for just a moment, at least twice a day.
Respecting your partner comes in many forms. Maintaining a joyful relationship means respecting your partner’s time, heart, character, and trust.
3. They complement one another
Tell him how hot he is. Or that he smells delicious. Give her a rear smack in those jeans you adore. Happy couples know how to give a sincere compliment in the moment. In fact, a study found that receiving a compliment has the same positive effect as receiving cash.
4. The three magical words are often
Happy couples say it throughout the day—when they wake up, when they’re eating lunch, when they go to sleep. Saying I love you to your partner, whether it’s first thing in the morning or at bedtime, is important.
5. Constant and open communication
Communication is key, not only in relationships, but also in all aspect of our lives. However, not everyone knows how to communicate properly ... or even communicate at all. Happy couples discuss the bad instead of sweeping issues under the rug. In order to move forward and grow, you two need to be able to truly talk about your feelings. No matter how awkward or uncomfortable it feels, it will make a long-lasting and fulfilling relationship.
6. They spent Quality Time, Not Quantity
It’s all about quality over quantity. It doesn’t matter how much time you and your partner spend together. The most important part is about the quality of this time. There’s a huge difference between having dinner at a table while talking about your day at work, versus having dinner while sitting on a couch watching your favorite series together.
7. They discuss their finances
Fighting over money has been highly associated with divorce. Unfortunately, most couples avoid talking about money until they have money problems so big they can no longer be ignored. Forcing yourselves to talk about money before there is a big problem is one of the smartest things you can do to ensure your marriage will be happy and long-lasting.
8. Time apart is valued
Spending time together with your partner is important. But just as important as spending time apart. Being able to do your own things and remain independent is vital. When couples spend too much time together, it can create an unhealthy codependence. Maintaining healthy boundaries and some autonomy will make for a long-lasting partnership.
9. They say thank you
One of the best ways to make your spouse feel loved is to show graciousness. No one wants to feel taken for granted. Finding things each day for which you’re grateful and expressing it to your man, you foster positive connectivity with him. It will make him feel appreciated and often sparks his desire to want to please you all the more.
10. They check in with one another
Couples in healthy relationships call or text—to show the dog’s latest mess, a funny street sign, or for no reason at all. Checking in with one another boosts feelings of ardor and security. People who check in with one another during their busy days are letting their partner know they’re thinking of them, despite all the other things going on.