When two people enter into a relationship the bond needs to be formed through trust, respect, kindness, and support. Relationships that flourish are ones where both partners give and receive equally as well as respect their partner.
If you are looking to enhance your relationship then here are seven key skills that will bring you closer to your partner than ever before!
When you are around your partner it is crucial for you to relax and be yourself. If you are nervous, scared, or uncomfortable your partner will sense that and feel the same! Instead of showing how nervous you are why not smile and don’t be afraid to show yourself because if the relationship is going to work they will need to accept the real you!
Next you need to listen. Listening in ANY relationship is vital and it shows that you not only respect the person enough to hear what they are saying, but it shows that you care! Also, don’t just focus on the words your partner is saying, but on the one’s they aren’t as well! If you are listening to your partner during an argument then make sure to be empathetic. Don’t just shut yourself off, look at the situation from their point of view so that you can understand where they are coming from and feel their emotions with them.
During arguments people often get caught up in the moment and forget to listen and empathize. They get caught up in their emotions and frustration and may say something that they will regret later. Instead of responding to what your partner says with whatever is at the tip of your tongue, think about it and respond carefully!
Next skill you need to master is synchronizing. Cooperating and understanding your partner is important and is crucial for those who are working, going to school, or both! Be ready to have a flexible schedule and if you don’t then do your best to work around it to make your relationship work!
Acting authentically is the sixth and one of the most important skills. Be yourself in all situations and maintain your values! You need to be honest with yourself and with everyone else because relationships thrive on honesty and trust.
Lastly you need to acknowledge. Often times people get so caught up in their busy lives that they take little things for granted and even take their partner for granted! Take a few moments each day just to acknowledge the difference your partner makes in your life and show them gratitude and encouragement!