Friday, November 8, 2013

How To Maintain The Happiness in Your Relationship While Dating

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Dating can be a great way to have fun and learn a lot about yourself and another person. Healthy relationships are those that are partnerships, in which you can laugh, feel safe and supported, share ideas and feelings, and respect another person, as well as feel respected yourself.

Every relationship is unique, and you might have your own way of knowing that a relationship is right for you. Even when a relationship is going well, it’s important to work at it and not take it, or your partner, for granted. The best way to keep a relationship strong, healthy and growing is for you to be aware of your needs and expectations and communicate those with your partner. Here are some more suggestions for how you can keep your relationship strong:

Be honest and trusting. Learning to trust and be honest with someone you just started dating can take time, but honesty and trust are two important ingredients in a healthy relationship. As you spend more time with someone and start to share experiences together, your level of trust may increase.

Keep communicating. It’s a good idea to keep the lines of communication open between you and the person you’re dating. This might mean talking regularly about what’s happening in your lives and how you’re feeling about life in general. When people share their opinions and feelings, they develop a greater understanding of each other’s likes and dislikes. It’s also a good idea to talk about your relationship every once in a while, including your expectations.

Accept your differences. It isn’t unusual to care about someone who has different ideas, interests, and opinions to your own. These differences are what make relationships exciting! But sometimes it can be difficult to manage these differences. It might be helpful to calmly discuss those differences or agree to disagree. By accepting someone’s values and opinions, you might encourage him or her to respect yours as well, and respect is an important aspect of any relationship.

Voice your opinions and frustrations. It’s natural that people sometimes argue or have differences of opinion. Disagreements might leave you feeling angry or frustrated with yourself and your partner, but it’s important that you let the person you’re dating know about your opinions and frustrations. It’s a good idea to express your opinions, but remember to listen to the other person as well. For more on how to resolve arguments, check out the Resolving an argument or disagreement post HERE.

Respect each other’s time and space. Hanging out with your partner can be a lot of fun and a great way to get to know him or her. But it’s also important that you respect your partner’s space-physically and emotionally, and that your partner does the same for you. Maintain the relationships that you have with your friends and family, expand your interest, and keep up with the activities that you were involved in before you started your relationship. This can help your relationships continue to grow and be fun and interesting.

Spend time with yourself. Having alone time can be fun and an important way to keep yourself healthy and happy. It can also help you understand yourself and your relationships with others. Spend time getting to know you. You might want to start by doing something you really enjoy, like going for a run, listening to music or reading.


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