There is nothing as fulfilling as having a healthy and happy relationship; it’s like falling in love day after day with the same person. It takes nurturing and efforts from both parties to get to that point. Some couples live happily for up to fifty years and one may wonder how they did it.

One of the keys to making your relationship successful is communication between husband and wife. When there is positive communication in any relationship, there is no bridge that can’t be crossed. How often do you take time to listen to your husband/wife and try to understand what they are saying or how they feel? It is necessary to understand each other’s feeling and that can only be done through communication.

Here are 9 things that partners can do to keep their relationship successful

1. Appreciate him/her

Your spouse feels loved when you appreciate him/her. It gives him/her confidence and motivation to do more. Just a simple “thank you” means a lot. Appreciating him/her also shows that you care.

2. Spend time together

When couples spend much time together, they get to know each other more. Doing things together builds a relationship. Find time to do activities together like going out on date nights, watching TV, cooking, shopping etc

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3. Don’t keep secrets

This is one thing that can completely shatter confidence and destroy a relationship. Spouses should not keep secrets especially if it is something your partner should be aware of.

4. Be interested in things that are important to each other

Sometimes it might not seem very interesting to you but you have to show interest because your partner truly cares about it.

5. Say it when you are hurt and be ready to forgive

One thing that puts a barrier between couples is not forgiving every time you have a misunderstanding. When anger and hurt is kept for too long in a relationship it eats it up bit by bit. You should let go especially if the other person asks for forgiveness and use every opportunity as a learning experience.

6. Be there for one another in good and bad times

When it’s a big moment for your partner be there to share the joy together. During the low moments be there to comfort. Make them know they can count on you.

7. Avoid third parties

Unless it is extremely important don’t bring in a third party when you have an argument. It is ok to bring in friends and family to support but shouldn’t be every time you experience a hurdle in your relationship. Learn to sort out your difficulties as a family first.

8. Don’t forget prayer

Prayer helps spouses to stay focused and gives strength in your relationship. Pray for each other and with each other especially in moments of trials.

9. Keep the romance alive

You have to preserve the intimacy and romance. A simple kiss or touch , a walk together hand in hand, cuddling on the couch, sex, holidays etc will help keep your relationship alive and loving.