The success of a relationship is usually based on several factors. How long couples have stayed together and how they remain happy together are some of the major factors that determine relationships success. Many of the successful couples share common traits and habits that every person should know about to stay happy in a relationship. Here are some of them.
They are realistic.
Happy couples know that exhilaration and excitement experienced early in the relationship can wane over time. At some stage, a more meaningful relationship will develop and take its place. A more committed couple understands that the relationship is not always smooth sailing. It will go through some ups and downs. They expect the challenges that go with the relationship and know how to deal with it.
An important ingredient to a happy relationship is good communication. A happy couple has a give and take relationship when it comes to communication. When one has something to share or say, the other one listens. Bad communication arises when both people have something to say and say it aloud. They do not give listening to one another a chance. Bad communication leads to conflicts and resentment the longer it stays. Good communication on the other hand gives each one a change to air his or her views while the other listens attentively. Happy couples learn to empathize and see things from the perspective of the partner. This form of communication helps forge understanding, avoids conflict and strengthens the relationship further.
They know and respect their differences.
A happy and successful relationship is also based on respect. Couples who respect each other in terms of their differences are those that stay together longer. They understand that these differences make each one unique and interesting. At some point, certain differences can lead to conflicts. After all, some of them are not good. But a strong couple realizes that these differences are there and treat it with respect. For example, an understanding partner learns how to deal with another’s temper by not being confrontational when dealing with the issues. Happy couples tend not to dwell on their differences and focus on the positive aspects of the relationship instead.
They are honest with each other.
Trust and honesty are important ingredients to a successful relationship. A partner can share things, even when it is something that the other does not like to hear. Honesty can be brutal, but couples learn to dish it out in a way that the other can understand. Being honest is better than trying to lie to avoid conflict or confrontation. Lying can lead to mistrust and doubts, even when it is done out of goodwill. Telling “white lies” can easily become a habit that can cause harm to the relationship in different ways. Happy couples are aware of this and avoid hiding the truth from each other.