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What Makes a Relationship Work?

23. July 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Do you ever wonder what it takes to make a relationship work? You're not alone. Singles everywhere want to know why some relationships succeed and others fail. Here are 3 things that healthy, happy relationships have in common.


Good Communication

A relationship cannot be successful without solid communication. Therefore, you must never be afraid to express your wants and needs and ask your special man about his own feelings. If you don’t, one or both of you will be left guessing and that tactic often leads to failed relationships. It’s also important to let your partner know when you’re upset and why. Unexpressed grievances only fester over time and can often result in big arguments. Happy couples are those who take the time to talk to and really listen to their partners. When in doubt, or better yet, to avoid feelings of doubt, communicate, communicate, communicate!      


The Willingness to Compromise

No one person can have their way all of the time, at least no married or attached person. To make a relationship work, you must be willing to compromise and your partner must be willing to do the same. There are, of course, some behaviors you should never tolerate, for example abuse or infidelity. However, when it comes to what to eat for dinner, where to vacation, or even what to name your children, some compromise is necessary. Don’t think of it as settling or giving in, think of it as being part of a team (and a winning one at that)!


Things in Common

Despite anecdotal claims to the contrary, numerous studies have shown that opposite pair relationships do not work. Successful relationships are those in which partners share similar interests. You don’t have to be a clone of your partner, just someone who shares similar interests, values, and beliefs. Sure, some opposites have happy, satisfying lives together, but if you and your gentleman argue often and can’t agree on the simplest things, than you may want to re-evaluate your relationship. 


If you hope to be part of a happy, healthy relationship one day (and who doesn't), remember the importance of communication, compromise, and common interests! These are the keys to relationship success.