Relationships are sensitive to time and change. How people are able to work out through these factors that will determine whether they maintain a happy relationship. There are also certain rules to follow in order for couples to keep their relationship strong, healthy and happy. Here are some important ones to bear in mind.
Respect each other by being open and honest.
Honesty is an important ingredient of any successful relationship. Without it, secrets and lies can easily break down whatever bond two people may have build up. Couples should also be open and transparent to each other. Keeping secrets has no place in a healthy relationship.
Learn to bring out the best in each other.
Couples should learn to be supportive of each other. They should know how to encourage each other to become the best in different aspects of life. Some couples may end up criticizing and putting down each other rather that building each other up. That is a recipe for a disastrous relationship. Criticisms and discouragement can lead to resentment and conflict.
Be a willing participant in the give-and-take process.
Everyone knows that a relationship involves a lot of give and take. But what makes it a happy relationship is when couples stop trying to keep score of all the giving and the taking. Willingly do your part in giving as much as you can into the relationship. But do not always think about what you can get from it. If each partner is focused in making the other happy, then the relationship will be fine.
Consider each other as equals.
Couples should learn how to treat each other as equals. It should not always be a battle of the sexes. Sometimes, it can be a situation where couples try either to uphold or challenge preconceived notions about authority over the other. Couples should instead learn how to respect each other. They should consider each other as equals.