Yes, it’s true that relationships are hard. You must have heard of couples saying that relationship takes a lot of work to have a healthy, and long-lasting relationship.

But in contrast, some say that it isn’t the relationship, it is the people who make it hard and complicated. People are imperfect. We have our insecurities, flaws, and mistakes which sadly we take in our relationship also.

But gladly, we are here to tell you how to overcome these stupid things and make our relationship worthy and full of life. These are not difficult things to do if you love that person. Let’s jump to the ‘do’ part now.

Let’s talk about the simple things happy couples do every day:

1. Talk to and Really Listen to Each Other

This sounds simple, right? I mean, why would you get into a relationship or marriage with someone that you didn’t want to talk to?

Well, it’s way more common than you think.

Take a look around these days. Most couples have their faces in their phones, laptops, video game, or some other electronic device. They have more of a connection with them than their actual partners.

So, talk to each other. Listen to each other — and I mean, really listen to each other with your brain and your heart.

2. Stay Connected Through the Day

There was a guy that I dated, when we were together, everything was fun and nice. We got along, everything was flowing, and I thought we really had something special. But the problem was when we were apart, I hardly ever heard from him.

While some people might like the sound of this, it certainly doesn’t create or maintain any sort of intimacy between the two of you. Even if it’s a quick text during the day asking, “What are you doing?”.

3. Do Something Together

Sadly, as time goes on, a lot of couples like separate lives. Even if they live in the same house, they are still living separate lives.

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It implies that he wants to be left alone. He doesn’t want his partner bothering him. What kind of message does that send? I’m not implying that you need to be joined at the hip or spend 24/7 together, but you need to engage with each other in activities on a regular basis.

4. Express Gratitude

Human beings take almost everything for granted – the food on their table, the roof over their head – you name it. Even the people we love the most.

A simple “thank you” or “I appreciate you!” is all it takes. Even if someone makes you dinner every single night, still say “Thanks so much for dinner, babe. It was delicious!”

Everyone wants to know they are appreciated – especially for the things they do every day that can be taken for granted.

5. Say Nice Things to and About Each Other

Most people like to be complimented. Sure, not everyone. But even those people deep down want to feel good about themselves.

So, saying things like “you are so beautiful” or “you look sexy in that” or “you are so handsome” goes a long way. And it implies for both of the partners.

It doesn’t even have to be a compliment per se. If your partner is dedicated to health and fitness, you could say something like, “I really admire your dedication to your health, honey!” It’s so important to be positive to one another.

6. Put the Other Person’s Needs Equal to – or Before – Their Own

We live in a very selfish and narcissistic world these days. What can I get? Who can give something to me? How can I be better than other people?

That doesn’t work in relationships.

If you are only focused on what you can get from your partner, then you are neglecting them. You are not thinking about their needs – only your own. This does not work long term because it will definitely create resentment over time.

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7. Wake up Thinking

So, instead of focusing on yourself and what YOU can get out of the relationship, you need to change your mindset. I stole this quote from Dr. Phil, by the way.

He always says this on his show. He says he wakes up every day thinking about how he can make his wife Robin’s life better today. And Robin confirms it too.

When we try to make our partner’s life better, then they will naturally want to make our lives better too.

We want to give to people who give it to us. And the opposite is true if no one is making our lives better.

8. Forgive One Another

Let’s face it – no one is perfect. And that means you, too. There is no such thing as perfection!

Forging comes in big and small packages. It could be a horrible betrayal, or it could be a simple annoying habit like leaving his socks on the living room floor every night without picking them up. Either way, forgiveness is a cornerstone of happy relationships.

9. Flirt with Each Other

You have to keep the romance alive. I can’t tell you how many couples I know that just let it die. I always say,

“Relationships are like plants. You need to water them every day or they will die.”

And romance is a huge part of that.

Go on regular date nights. Schedule time for romance if you need to.

A huge factor in happy couples’ lives is to keep the romance going. If you don’t have that, then you might as well be roommates or brother and sister. And who wants that?

10. Make Loving Touch a Top Priority

Touch comes in all forms. It is not just a sexual touch, although that is important too.

Everyone has a different sex drive, so happy couples either have similar needs in that department or at least negotiate a middle ground.

Non-sexual touch is important too. Holding hands, snuggling on the couch, random hugs, little kisses throughout the day… All that touch keeps you connected physically – and emotionally.

11. Go to Bed Together

This might be difficult to do if one of you is an early bird and the other is a night owl. But when you get into the habit of not going to bed together, then it puts an ongoing separation between the two of you.

Even if one wants to go to bed earlier, the other one could come to bed too and read a book or watch TV.

It’s even better if you are in sync, that way you can spoon each other as you fall asleep.

12. Support Each Other

Many of us have hopes and dreams that perhaps we have not achieved yet. And that’s great! Life is about the journey, not the destination.

If they are having family problems, they are there for them. This is just another way of saying that your partner “has your back.” You can count on them for anything.

13. Have Fun and Laugh Together

Life doesn’t have to be serious! Humor makes life easier and more fun.

Even if your life is difficult, you can find a way to have some fun. Maybe go for a hike, or just watch a funny movie together.

14. Focus more on what your partner does right than what they do wrong

If you look/focus on things your companion does wrong, you can always find something. It all depends on what you want to look for. Happy couples accentuate the positive.

15. Have fun

Play pranks on each other. Life is hard and keeping a relationship stand strong and healthy takes effort, but don’t take it all too seriously. The happiest couples are those that can shrug their shoulders and laugh at what life throws their way.

16. Mind your manners

After many years together, couples can forget their manners and stop doing little favors for each other. However, acts of kindness go a long way. Make tea in bed for each other, pick up a treat they like or help with a chore he or she hates doing.

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