When couples have problems, or they feel like they’re not as happy as they should be, they pretty much always think there’s one big shift or change that will fix everything. But in reality, it’s more often the case that relationships get stronger and happier because of a collection of tiny changes this is Relationship Facts. It’s the little, daily work that make the biggest impact. I saw it first hand when I worked with couples as a domestic violence victim advocate and Planned Parenthood certified responsible sexuality educator. Big changes were important when there were unhealthy dynamics at play, but just putting in the effort of being a caring partner changed everything.
Because who doesn’t want to feel loved, respected, adored, wanted, supported, fed, and valued? I can’t think of anyone. And when we get wrapped up in our daily lives, especially when we’ve been with our partners for a long time, we can forget to make our partners feel that way. If this is you, fear not. This Relationship Facts list is a great start for how to make tiny changes that will make your relationship healthier, stronger, happier, and more loving. And most of them don’t cost a dime or take up more than a moment of your life. Can’t beat that, right?
1. Shared Experiences Instead Of Shared Stuff
Shared experiences are one of the secrets to strong, long-lasting love. When you use your money and time to travel, see shows, go to events, and experience new things together, you’re building intimacy, friendship, and memories in a way that you can’t replicate by purchasing material objects. So do more cool stuff! It doesn’t get much better than having to do epic things in order to have the best relationship possible.