Let’s face it: relationships are difficult sometimes. Some of you may argue they are difficult all the time. (Hopefully this list will help reduce the amount of time you think they are hard!) Life with another person is bound to have its ups and downs, good times and bad times, pros and cons. We are no longer fully our “own island,” and we’re forced to make adjustments to our lives that maybe we didn’t foresee when we first thought to ourselves, “Hmmm…She/he is CUTE!!!”
Just like staying healthy and in-shape, there is no magic pill to make everything 100% peachy 24/7. Even the best of relationships have their rough patches, and it’s a safe bet to say that most of us have had a relationship fail when we didn’t expect it to. All this said, there are things we can do to help keep our relationships running top-notch with maybe only an occasional rough few days here and there. Sometimes the best advice is to take no advice, while sometimes a little advice now and then goes a long way. If you are feeling like some advice would help you right now, here are 25 Tips To Help Your Relationships Run Smoother.
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Know and respect yourself
Don’t let this tip become cliche; it’s vital. Before you can truly know what you want in a partner, you need know who you are as a person. Knowing who you are and what your values, dreams, and interests are will help you not waste your time or someone else’s on a relationship that won’t work.
Compromise and Sacrifice
There’s no possible way to make it through a relationship without having to sacrifice or give up something. Relationships are a give and take venture, and a relationship where only one person got their way would be artificial and boring. Just make sure that what you are sacrificing is not your values or who you are. That would be just as artificial as well as damaging.
Know that even the best relationships have bad times.
It’s bound to happen at some point. There may be days, months, or years that are not the best. If you want that person to journey through life with you, and you feel they are worth it, stick with it even through the rocky times. Not all is lost when you have a bad day.
For what it’s worth, that happy couple on your social media page has rough days/months/years, too. We can promise you.
Your relationship is not a competition; don't keep score.
When you’re in a relationship, you’re supposed to be a team. If that team is fighting against itself, there will be no major wins or successes and a lot of tears and frustration. Both you and your significant other have strengths and weaknesses; use those to your advantage to accomplish great things instead of nit-picking over who does what and how often.
The only exception is when you’re playing against each other during family or friend game night. Then it’s game on!
Don't forget who you are as an individual.
Not to contradict the previous point, you were someone as a special individual before you were someone as part of a special couple. While your partner should enrich your life and make your day brighter, you should be comfortable in your own skin without your other half. No one can complete you despite what Hollywood tells you, and you can’t complete another person.