Making love last

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If you want your relationship to be fulfilling, you need more than just the butterflies-in-your-tummy kind of love. Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 1.01.48 PM For a successful relationship, keep the following in mind to build a fulfilling relationship with your partner. Support each other Be there for your partner when he needs you. Talk through issues that are stressful. If he’s facing an important decision, talk through his options, communicate your reservations, but also respect his choices (if they affect only him). Respect Respect is an essential element and automatically makes your partner feel loved. Considering each other’s feelings in everything you do and say. Talk it out Good communication forms a solid base for a relationship. Give each other space to express what you are feeling. Listen attentively without concentrating on what you are going to say next. And when you speak, remember that it’s not just what you say, but how you say it that counts. Accept each other You might have day dreamed of dating a man that looks like Idris Elba but has Mark Zuckerberg’s bank account. But the reality is that nobody is perfect. There must be something unique about your partner, which is why you were attracted to him. Give each other space Wanting to spend a lot of time with your partner is natural, but too much of anything is bad. We all need to have separate friends and activities. Being part of a couple doesn’t mean that you disappear as an individual. So allow each other some personal space to enjoy the things you love. Emotional maturity There will be times when you fight. When it happens, sulking won’t make things right. It’s a manipulative way of getting what you want without openly communicating about the matter at hand. You need to have emotional maturity to handle conflict in a constructive, healthy way. Trust and honesty Lack of trust and honesty can spoil the mood. Snooping on your partner, and trying to access his phone without his permission shows lack of trust. When trust is lost, it’s often difficult to earn it back. So learn to give your partner the benefit of the doubt.

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