Learn 26 ways to a happy relationship by following these relationship tips from A to Z.
A = Accepting
When in a relationship, it is important to accept your partner as he or she is, instead of always trying to change him or her. If you want to embark on a self-improvement plan, start with yourself. When you don’t like something about your partner, it’s experiences as criticism.
When you accept other’s idiosyncrasies, it is the gift of unconditional love. Want to Know What Makes a Relationship Happy? [EXPERT]
B = Believe
When you are in a relationship, you must believe in your partner. Believe in their abilities, believe in their dreams, and believe in their love. When you have a partnership, you believe in each other. No one should have more faith in your partner than you do.
C = Communication
Effective communication is critical to the success of intimate relationships.
D = Disagree in Private
Whenever you are having disagreements, discuss them in private. The whole world does not need to know your personal business. When you are with others, including children, parents and friends, do not look to them to take sides. Work out your issues with no spectators.
E = Encourage
Encouraging your partner is about being his or her cheerleader, helping him/her to do things s/he wants to do.
F = Friendship
When you are in a successful relationship, your partner is someone you genuinely like and with whom you share common interests. When important things happen you are excited to tell your significant other. You don't try to manipulate him or her. You share a genuine friendship. How Compatible Are You And Your Partner? [EXPERT]
G = Gratitude
Be grateful every moment for your loved one's presence in your life. You never know when a life is going to end. And remember, your loved one has a choice. He or she can always find another who will show more gratitude. Gratitude doesn't make you weak; it makes you appealing.
H = Happiness
When you love someone, you want them to know you are happy to be with him/her. Have you ever seen how happy a dog gets when his or her owner comes home? That's how happy you want your partner to know you are when you are with him or her.
I = Integrity
Integrity is important in all relationships but is of utmost importance in your intimate one. Say what you do & do what you say w/o exception. Do not make promises unless you intend to keep them and when you do, move heaven and earth to make it happen.
J = Eliminate Jealousy
Your partner is not your possession. Jealousy will not bring you closer. Jealousy stems from four root causes: insecurity, past experiences, thinking your partner is your possession and expecting things to never change. Do you know where yours comes from? Is Jealousy Destroying Your Relationship?[EXPERT]
When in a loving relationship, you want to treat your partner with kindness, even when it's not returned. You are kind because you never know when either you or your partner will have your last day on earth and you are kind because that is the kind of person you want to be.
L = Listening
I'm not talking about simply listening to hear. I'm talking about listening for understanding. Instead of tuning out or just waiting for your partner to take a breath, really listen to try to see where he or she is coming from. You don't have to find agreement, just a better understanding. This will really help you when we get to the letter "N."
M = Maintenance
Getting the guy/girl is not the end, but rather just the beginning. What are you doing to nurture your long-term relationship?
N = Negotiating Differences
In any relationship, there will be times when you want different things. Most of the time, when you and someone else want different things, you try to figure out how you can get what you want.
When you are negotiating differences, you have a completely different mindset. Now you are concerned with both getting what you want AND helping the other person get what he or she wants too. When you have this mindset of both win, it becomes relatively easy to find a solution. 12 Tips For Improving Your Relationship [EXPERT]
O = Openness
Transparency is important in a loving relationship. Being a private person is great, but in a loving relationship, you don't want to keep secrets from your partner. A long term committed relationship is a huge gift you give one another. Reward each other with transparency so a strong bond of trust can develop.
P = Pamper
Don’t just pamper your partner when you are getting to know each other. Continuing the pampering forever! Instead of focusing on the things your partner does that are annoying to you, put your focus on the things you love. When you focus on the positive, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to continue the pampering long after the “I Dos.”
Q = Quixotic
I know, I was definitely reaching for a “Q” word here but allow me to provide the definition since I never knew this word before searching the dictionary. According to Webster, quixotic means: absurdly or extravagantly romantic or chivalrous. It goes right along with Pamper. Don’t stop the romance or chivalry just because you “got” the guy or girl. Continue it forever. The more you love each other, the more you will love each other.
R = Respecting
Respecting is about listening to learn what your partner needs to feel respected and then giving it to him or her. Do not respect your partner the way you wish your partner would respect you. You will probably miss the mark as your picture of respect likely looks different. Focus on the platinum, rather than the golden, rule: "Do unto others as they would have you do unto them."
S = Supporting
Supporting someone you love is easy when they are doing what you want them to do. It becomes a challenge when you are called on to support someone when they are doing something that may frustrate what you want. The answer is to support them anyway and to take responsibility for your own happiness. Figure out what need is going to frustrated--survival, connection, freedom, significance or enjoyment and figure out how to get more of that in your life while your loved one is doing what he or she wants to do.
If you want to have a meaningful and healthy relationship, then you are going to have to trust your partner. Trust is one of the important building blocks of healthy relationships. Trust is a choice you make; it's not necessarily something a person must earn. That being said, however, if your partner has shown he or she is not trustworthy in certain areas, then trust him or her to continuing being who they have shown you to be. Don't expect a cat to turn into a dog.
U = Understanding
If I had to list the most important quality in a relationship, I would say it's the quest for understanding. I say "quest" because I don't believe you can ever fully understand another person but the desire to work at better understanding will help a relationship last in a very healthy atmosphere.
V =Value Each Other
There will be times when you aren't able to understand your partner because he or she does or sees something so differently than you do. When this happens, instead of devaluing your partner, value him or her as bringing something different or a new perspective to the situation.
In Secrets of Happy Couples, I talk about having a win/win/win whenever you are able to negotiate your differences so both of you are satisfied with the outcome. You win, your partner wins and the third win occurs because your relationship grows stronger for going through the process.
Be sure to schedule some X-rated time with your partner into the busyness of your life. Connecting with each other in a sexual way is an important part of maintaining closeness and it's a great stress reliever too!
Y = Yin / Yang
Maintain the balance in your relationship. Sometimes you will carry the load, sometimes your partner will and often you will share it. Balance is the key.
Z = Zest
Maintain your energy and excitement when you are with your partner so he or she knows how happy you are to be together.
Follow these Relationship ABCs so your relationship will sizzle not fizzle!
This article was originally published at InsideOut Empowerment. Reprinted with permission from the author.