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Dr. Ava's 10 Powerful Principles For A Lasting Relationship


1. Communication
Communicate your needs positively & politely.

2. Courage
Forgive mistakes; have the courage to say “I’m sorry” first.

3. Contentment
Share your contentment and gratitude for what you have together.

4. Consideration
Always be kind and considerate of your partner’s feelings.

5. Collaboration
Collaborate together to form a stronger bond and create lasting memories.

6. Curiosity
Show curiosity in your partner’s daily life, goals, and dreams.

7. Compliments
Compliments are the bedrock of romance so give them daily.

8. Commitment
Build trust by reviewing and renewing your commitment together

9. Contribution
Find as many ways as you can to contribute to each other's lives.

10. Celebration
Celebrate your love and life by laughing every day.


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