The way you greet your partner sets the tone for your relationship

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article

When a partner feels welcomed, acknowledged, and important, they feel more connected to the relationship and are more willing to make the required sacrifices.

Psychotherapist Mary Jo Rapini explains how a short time can make a big difference in a relationship. She also says how you greet your partner is essential.

READ MORE | 5 dating terms you need to know in 2022

1. Give your significant other your total attention

When you first get up in the morning, turn to your partner. It’s easy to get distracted with the day’s events but make it your intention to give them attention first with a sweet greeting or action that lets them feel your presence.

2. Show excitement and engagement when they come home or arrive at an event with you

Instead of a lackluster "Hi," hug them or give them a warm hello when they come home. When your partner feels appreciated and loved, it gives them the necessary support they need and minimises their work problems. There are no guarantees in life; everyone who has lost someone talks about the last time they saw their loved one. Therefore, imagining how your life would be without your significant other helps prioritise your time with them.

READ MORE | Are you sabotaging your love-life?

3. Save the deeper conversation for later

If you had a significantly lousy day or bad news, wait until you’re alone together when you are less distracted to talk about it. Trying to talk about intense issues during a transition of waking up, leaving, or coming home is stressful and difficult. Part of a healthy relationship is talking about deep concerns so you can both listen and respond helpfully.

Couples underestimate their power to set the relationship tone within the first 60 seconds of waking up, leaving for work, and coming home by the way they greet their partner. It may seem small, but changing your mindset to a more loving greeting makes a significant change in your relationship. When we are stressed, overwhelmed, and feeling troubled, an affectionate greeting from our partner can put us back on top of the world and give our day a more positive outlook.

Follow us on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram

Sign up to W24’s newsletters so you don't miss out on any of our stories and giveaways.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Do you think it's important to get married in this day and age?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Yes, it's important in order to create a family unit and for companionship
22% - 663 votes
Not at all. Being single is far more liberating
9% - 276 votes
There is no general answer to this, it's each to their own
50% - 1522 votes
Yes, society still frowns on unmarried people, especially women
1% - 40 votes
It depends on whether you are able to find a compatible partner
18% - 548 votes