Special occasions aren’t the only time to show your significant other how much you care. When you are in a long-term relationship, routine often replaces spontaneity and you may take one another for granted.
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Make your loved one feel special 365 days a year with these easy tips.
Say Thank You
Just because you have been in a relationship with someone for a while doesn’t mean you can forget your manners. When you want your loved one to do something for you, make sure you phrase it as a request, not an order. Don’t forget the “please” when you make your request and the “thank you” when he or she has done what you’ve asked.
Don’t just assume that your partner will do something either. Keep the lines of communication open. Talk with your partner about your expectations and make sure that he or she is willing to do the things you expect.
If you are going shopping for party supplies and you want your partner to pick up the party platter, don’t drop subtle hints and then assume the task is done. Secure your partner to pick up the item and then express your appreciation of his or her assistance.
Little Hints Help
Leave your lover little notes to let him or her know that you are thinking of them and that you care. Even a quick text during the workday will bring a smile to his or her lips and remind both of you how important each is to the other.
Texting your partner during the day is acceptable, but texting a friend while you and your partner are together is not. When you are with your significant other, remove all distractions. Don’t check your Facebook, tweet your location or take a phone call.
Make your partner the focus of your attention and show him or her that they are the one that is important to you at that moment.
When you are on a date, don’t let other things weigh on your mind. Forget about the presentation you have in a few days, the fact that your boss yelled at you or that your mother is driving you nuts.
Not only will this improve the quality of your date, it will also offer you the chance to de-stress from your busy day.
People who are jealous often end up ruining relationships. Trust is important on both sides in order for a long-term relationship to survive. You need to trust that your partner is as committed to the relationship as you are.
If, for some reason, you have evidence that your partner isn’t committed, you need to have a calm and rational discussion with him or her. Don’t begin the discussion with accusations or suspicions.
Express your feelings and give your partner an opportunity to discuss his or her feelings as well.
If you are in committed relationship, flirting with others is inappropriate. Even if you consider it harmless, it may upset your partner or send the wrong signals.
Keep your relationship with others platonic and save all your flirtations for your special someone.
Don’t Keep Quiet
Communication is important to an enduring relationship. If you speak about your feelings, concerns or problems, you will keep small issues from blowing out of proportion. You may be surprised when you find out your partner shares your feelings and doubts.
When you allow things to fester, resentment builds, and you may become distracted and irritated with your partner. This can lead to fights and a potentially unnecessary break up.
Relationships need work. You can’t just set your heart on autopilot and assume that everything is going well. Your partner may feel the fact that you aren’t committed to the relationship and leave you for a person who is more willing to invest time and effort into a connection.
Make certain that doesn’t happen by boosting your relationship and keeping it boosted.