Characteristics of Lasting Marriages and Good Relationships

A smiling couple moving a stack of boxes.
  • Build a sense of togetherness - a sense of "we" instead of just a focus on two individuals. When making decisions, take into consideration what's best for the relationship. Ideally, a sense of "we" should be created before a couple has a child together.

  • Make sure that it's safe to disagree - conflict is a natural and normal part of any relationship as long as it's resolved in a healthy, nonviolent way. Learn to argue fairly.

  • Provide each other with emotional support, comfort, encouragement, caring and appropriate assistance. Always pay attention to each other's feelings and emotional reactions. Think of each other as soul mates and a support system!


 

 

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