Dating and relationship
Personal experience proves it too: From our eighth-grade romance to our most recent breakup drama, “love isn’t easy” is a life lesson we know all too well.depend upon countless factors, but your own actions, words, and thoughts undoubtedly play a role.
One thing that’ll give you an advantage in the game of love?
As part of Committed, we’re exploring partnerships ranging from a textbook marriage between high-school sweethearts to a gay couple creating a life together in the conservative deep South.
has taught us anything, it’s that relationships are messy.
Regardless of your personal situation, their words may help you uncover the key to long-lasting happiness.“Saying and doing small, simple expressions of gratitude every day yields big rewards.
When people feel recognized as special and appreciated, they’re happier in that relationship and more motivated to make the relationship better and stronger. Make small gestures that show you’re paying attention: Hug, kiss, hold hands, buy a small gift, send a card, fix a favorite dessert, put gas in the car, or tell your partner, ‘You’re sexy,’ ‘You’re the best dad,’ or simply say ‘Thank you for being so wonderful.'”— Terri Orbuch, Ph.
‘No relationship is perfect’ shouldn’t be used as a rationalization for complacency.”— Irina Firstein, LCSW, individual and couples therapist“A friend taught me that no matter how in love you are or how long you’ve been together, it’s important to take an exhale from your partnership.
Together, they’re known as the ‘Four Horsemen of Divorce.’ Instead of resorting to these negative tactics, fight fairly: Look for places where each partner’s goal overlaps into a shared common goal and build from that. There are many more reasons to have sex than just getting off.”— Kat Van Kirk, Ph.
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