Romantic relationships, in all of their complexity, are a fundamental component of our lives.And as the poet Rainer Maria Rilke mused, “There is scarcely anything more difficult than to love one another.” What makes a good relationship?And having said that, I also know that this is not easy....
Moreover, people with high self-esteem appear to respond more constructively and positively during conflict when they think their partner is committed to the relationship, whereas people with low self-esteem don’t do this even when they believe their partner is committed.
Put it into practice: Like most things, increasing the quality of your relationship can take time. It’s okay if right now you have a hard time believing that you’re a worthwhile person.
The relationship you have with yourself is arguably the foundation on which your other relationships are built, and studies are supporting this notion.
High self-esteem predicts better relationship satisfaction, and high self-esteem of both partners is an even better predictor of strong relationship satisfaction.
It might sound obvious, but when you really allow yourself to listen—and ask questions about—what your partner says, it not only leads to better conversations, but also better communication. Have a weekend getaway with your friends every few months.
Have a handful of great friends or family members you can call so your significant other doesn’t have to hear every small grievance going on your life.
Studies on appreciation in romantic relationships show that expressing gratitude to your partner predicts an increase in your relationship satisfaction.
The gratitude you feel inside also predicts your partner’s level of satisfaction.
Couples who engage in exciting and enjoyable activities together have greater relationship satisfaction from before to after the shared activity.
As several studies have shown, couples who play together stay together.
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