Romantic relationships are important for our happiness and well-being. Yet with more than 40 percent of new marriages ending in divorce, it’s clear that relationships aren’t always easy.
1. Talking openly
Communication is a key piece of healthy relationships. Healthy couples make time with one another on a regular basis. Try to spend a few minutes each day discussing deeper or more personal subjects to stay connected to your partner over the long term.
2. Keeping interesting
Between kids, careers and outside commitments, it can be difficult to stay connected to your partner. Yet there are good reasons to make the effort. In one study, for example, researchers found couples that reported boredom during their seventh year of marriage were significantly less satisfied with their relationships nine years later.
3. When should couples seek help?
Every relationship has ups and downs, but some factors are more likely than others to create bumps in a relationship. Finances and parenting decisions often create recurring conflicts, for example. In such cases, psychologists can help couples improve communication and find healthy ways to move beyond the conflict.