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Happy, long-lasting relationships are marked by open communication and mutual growth. Like any contract, it only works when the policies are identified, understood, and upheld by each party.

The moment you met, your world was turned upside down. These days, it feels like the magic has dissipated. What went wrong, and more importantly, what can be done to reclaim your connection?

Understand that even the best relationships suffer from bumps in the road—passion and affection morphing into bitterness and resentment. To resolve the issue, you may have employed traditional techniques, like talking it out. Though, as you may have found, with little direction, rather than feeling closer, these conversations led to feelings of contempt.

Understanding it can be difficult, we’ve compiled a list of three suggestions to enhance who you are and what you bring to a romantic relationship.

  • Communicate with your partner with honesty and consideration. Be willing to voice your feelings but do so from a place of kindness. Being sensitive to their response, open talks are commenced, solidifying genuine concerns from both parties.
  • Show up, metaphorically and literally. Alluding your commitment to the relationship, they’ll appreciate your presence. If you can’t be counted on to keep up with your end of a promise, what obligation do they have to fulfill theirs in the future?
  • Practice and master the valued gift of empathy. Don’t buy into the belief that some people are always right. Be willing to put yourself in your partner’s shoes. Seeing the world through their eyes will foster a relationship with a sense of mutual understanding.

While marriage is often revered as a lifelong commitment, it doesn’t hurt to reevaluate your vows and expectations to ensure you’re on track.

Happy long-lasting relationships are marked by open communication and mutual growth. Like any contract, it only works when the policies are identified, understood, and upheld by each party.

If the provided measures prove insufficient, seeking professional support can help. Contact relationship expert, Susan Block, LMFT to see if couples counseling is the right fit for you.

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