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Tips to Cultivate More Happiness In a Relationship

All romantic relationships go through ups and downs and they all take work, commitment, and a willingness to adapt and change with your partner. But whether your relationship is just starting out or you've been together for years, there are steps you can take to build a healthy relationship. Even if you’ve experienced a lot of failed relationships in the past or have struggled before to rekindle the fires of romance in your current relationship, you can find ways to stay connected and enjoy lasting happiness. Here are some things you can do to have a happy, healthy, and long-lasting relationship.

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Enjoy the little pleasures

Do more of the little things that brings you pleasure and positivity and ride the wave to lift your mood and lead to greater happiness. So go ahead and get some cup of coffee. Sit together and watch the sunrise or sunset. Enjoy these little pleasures!

Exercise together

Studies show that couples who exercise together are not only healthier, but are happier in their relationship. So if you work out together, you will feel happy, satisfied, and in love!

Go on a vacation without your partner

Many happy, healthy couples take their own short vacations. Because being alone, meeting new friends, or enjoying adventures without your partner can be very empowering. Ultimately, you will return to your partner energized, enthusiastic and more in love than ever.

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Appreciate what you have

Many people end up looking outside their relationship because they think there’s someone out there who is 'better’ for them. Relationships aren’t about finding the ‘perfect partner’, they’re about allowing the connection you do have to develop and grow. The strongest relationships are usually the ones that have been given the time to flourish.

Listen to each other

Listening is such an important tool in relationships. Sometimes, we find it hard to hear what our partner is saying because we’re so wrapped up in our own emotions. Remember that communication works two ways. Listening to your partner is the only way to know what’s really going on with them.

Eat healthy food together

Families that eat together, stay together. The supper table is a place for couples and their family members to connect and to receive nourishment - both physical and spiritual. Eating healthy food together at a table will not only encourage good family nutrition, but provides a happy place for conversation and laughter.

Switch your roles once in a while

Boredom and routine can make a relationship stagnant. If your guy always drives, why not switch it up next week, so you can take the wheel? Or if you always cook, why not suggest a few meals prepared by your guy? Switching roles will not only mix things up a little- it may make you appreciate things from your partner’s perspective and it can even spice up your relationship.

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Be tolerant of physical change

As your partner and you grow old together, you will both mature and change - and because you have grown so comfortable together, you may be quick to point out flaws in each other. But, if you want your happy relationship to last, you should never mention the stretch marks. No matter how old and wrinkly you both get, the answer to "How do I look?" is always: “You look beautiful and I love you”.

Pay attention and build trust

Jealousy can destroy relationships. If you’re worried your partner isn’t giving you enough attention, try the open, honest approach rather than acting out or accusing them of looking elsewhere. Building mutual trust is the key to banishing unhealthy emotions and remaining strong together.

Nurture meaningful relationship

Though no one other than you can be responsible for your happiness, and having healthy supportive relationships. So make an effort to nurture your relationships whether they be romantic, friendships, or family. Reach out to that friend you lost touch with. Building connections with others will create more positive emotions. Soon enough you’ll find you’re attracting more positive, happy people into your life!

Remember, happiness comes from within and is your choice. Don’t let external circumstances rob you of it. You are worthy of living a life full of happiness and joy.

Contributor, January 8, 2021

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