Successful long-term relationships involve ongoing effort and compromise by both partners.
According to a research done by Utah State University here are the five steps to grow a strong, longtime relationship : –
- Be aware of your partner’s expectations and let him or her know yours. This will help both of you to meet each other’s needs.
Remember the two of you are coming from different cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds. What seems obvious or normal to you may surprise your partner and vice versa.
2. Be willing to negotiate and compromise on the things you want from one another.
3. Instead of continuing a cycle of repeated fights, agree to disagree
and negotiate a compromise or find a way to work around the issue. See things from the other’s point of view.
This doesn’t mean that you must agree with one another all the time, but rather understanding and respecting each other’s differences, points of view, and separate needs.
4. Do not demand too much from your partner to a point whereby you want him or her to meet all your expectations. Work to accept the differences between your ideal mate and the real person you are dating.
5. Restrain yourself. Do not say all the angry things you may be thinking about. Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten.