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Are You Taking Your Partner for Granted?

Do you feel like your partner is giving more than you are? Has your partner confessed that they feel like the mule in the relationship, where they're doing all the hard work? Remember that a relationship is a two-way street. It will only succeed and grow if both of you play an equal part in nurturing the romance.

Are you Taking your Partner for Granted?

Here are some signs tells that you aren't giving your partner the time and attention they deserve. If you think you are doing one or all these things, then it's time to re-evaluate your actions.

You ignore messages or calls

Ignoring text messages or phone calls could be an indication of something bigger. How long did it take you to respond to your partner's messages when you initially began dating? Nobody likes to be left hanging. If you are legitimately busy, let them know. Even short messages can really go a long way, and they only take seconds of your time. Something is better than nothing.

You don't apologize

What's more important... your ego or your relationship? It's easy to get caught up in the idea of winning, but you should always admit when you are wrong. It takes a bigger person to fess up. Think about the future. If you want to maintain a healthy relationship, be open, honest and prepared to concede your mistakes. Put down the boxing gloves and start listening.

You forget to tell them things

Think about the last time you had good news. Who was the first person you told? If your partner is not at the forefront of your mind, then who was? If you aren't dying to call your partner to share every little exciting, terrifying and or hilarious thing, ask yourself why. It's important to be independent and have friendships, but it's equally important to maintain a strong connection with your partner. Cheating will seem much more tempting if either one of you feel disconnected.

You don't listen

Do you have communicative discussions or are you just talking at them? When your partner is speaking, are you actively listening... or waiting for your turn to speak? Next time you are together, focus on who dominates the conversation. Even if your partner is an introvert, you should be giving them an opportunity to share their feelings and emotions. Ask them open-ended questions to get them talking.

You don't show your partner appreciation

A little appreciation makes a big difference in a healthy relationship, but only if you show it. This is one of the biggest signs that you are taking your partner for granted. Learn about their hobbies and try to keep their interests on your radar. Even little things, like asking about work or a passion project, will make a difference.

Contributor, June 3, 2019