A healthy relationship takes a lot of work. The rewards are often great but there are many challenges that come with it. One of the most significant challenges is communication. Couples are likely to run into problems when they don’t talk well enough about their needs, expectations and interests. They may have different expectations about their relationship status, sex, finances and parenting. They may also have different ideas about recreation and adventure. Some couples find that their differences lead to a lack of quality time together, resulting in resentment and even separation. Others struggle with issues related to sex, including infidelity and affairs.
A good relationship also gives you a chance to learn about yourself, improve your self-esteem and increase your overall happiness. The person you love will help you heal scars from past experiences, motivate you to make better choices and cheer you on when you achieve your goals.
Relationships are not always easy and there is no guarantee that the relationship will last forever. However, if you can commit to being responsible for your own actions, listen and be respectful of your partner’s beliefs and opinions, then it will be worth the effort.
Lastly, if you are committed to your partner, it’s important to appreciate the little things and not take them for granted, even when you are going through not-so-lovey-dovey phases. Lastly, it is helpful to realize that some things cannot be resolved and to decide when you can accept a difference or when the relationship no longer fits your needs.