Characteristics of Lasting Marriages and Good Relationships
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!