Keeping Your Relationship Strong: 7 Keys To Help Your Relationship Grow

March 19, 2014
Keeping Your Relationship Strong: 7 Keys To Help Your Relationship Grow

It's an unavoidable reality – relationships fail every day, and countless couples are ‘together' but unhappy and unfulfilled. But a strong, thriving, fun and satisfying relationship is definitely within reach, and with proper care a relationship can actually get better and better, even over decades together. By putting your time and energy into these areas, you can keep your relationship strong:

7 Keys To A Relationship That Keeps Getting Better

  1. Turn off the TV and spend quality time together.

    It's cliché because it happens to be true; the key to deep and abiding love is spelled T-I-M-E. As couples are saddled with more job and family responsibilities, they often let time together take a distant backseat, and that negligence will take a toll if you aren't intentional about making each other a priority. Schedule a standing, non-negotiable date night, go out and walk the dog together at night, even add lunch dates on your calendars to ensure regular time to connect. And avoid time together in front of the TV. Often times, TV time is together-apart, and it's not quality time.

  2. Stop doing boring things - Seek out exciting and significant experiences.

    The same old routine is often the enemy of a growing relationship, but couples that seek adventure, excitement and service are the ones that discover their love growing deeper all the time. Can you take an overseas mission trip together to work toward a cause you both care about? Learn to rock climb together? Become teammates on a co-ed softball squad? There are countless ways to expand your horizons and build irreplaceable memories with your partner at the same time.

  3. Flirt again

    Sacrificial love lies at the heart of all good relationships, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't dress up, feel sexy and flirt a little. No relationship should age out of the flirting stage, and it pays to flirt in public. Not only will your friends and family envy that you've managed to keep the spark alive, but it makes you feel like you're back in the beginning stages of your relationship. Remember when you sat across the table from him and lightly brushed his hand when he said something funny? Do that again. Smile coyly from across the room. It will make you both feel like you're the only two people in the room, and later when you are the only two people in the room, use that coy smile again.

  4. Turn little things into the big things.

    Going to bed at the same time might not seem like a big deal, but if a couple is committed to the habit it will deepen their physical and emotional connection. Making a point of greeting your partner when he or she comes home only takes a few seconds, but it speaks volumes about their priority to you amid your daily pressures. Practice the small gestures that mean a lot.

  5. Get back in "touch."

    Touch is one of those small gestures that can make a big impact. According to scientists when couples touch in affectionate ways the body kicks in oxytocin, a hormone that is key in establishing and maintaining bonds between people.

    "When you and your spouse touch, you are taking a tiny step to increase the strength of your relationship. This process goes on to reduce levels of fear, but also enhance trust in a marriage, according to the University of California at San Diego Physical contact becomes important for your marriage because it serves to create a stronger connection by building on trust, an important element in all relationships," according to a Global Post article.

  6. Practice verbal and written affirmation.

    A quick note tucked into a briefcase, a playful text, an e-mail – all remind your loved one that you're thinking of them and strengthen the connection between you. And there is no substitute for simple words of encouragement and affirmation. Stop and say "I love you" or tell your partner what you love about them, and witness the power of loving words to transform.

  7. Set the stage for true intimacy.

    As you focus on keeping your relationship strong with the goal of staying emotionally close, the result is a desire for more physical intimacy as well. Make those intimate moments more pleasurable by preparing, the same way you'd prepare for a date. If you have been experiencing feminine dryness, try using Replens Long-Lasting Moisturizer. Replens provides immediate alleviation of dryness symptoms and can be applied up to 2 hours before sex to help make intercourse more enjoyable. Take your time during those special private moments and allow yourself to enjoy the enhanced intimacy.

We hope these tips help you rediscover, reconnect and rekindle the relationship with your significant other. What are some of the things that you do to strengthen your personal relationships?

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