For a relationship to stay strong and connected in this generation’s tumultuous dating culture, healthy habits must be formed and maintained within that relationship. Happy, healthy couples aren’t lazy or boring in their relationships. They don’t let days turn into weeks without a date night out, and they don’t bitch about every little thing that bothers them about the other, either. They celebrate each other, they’re open with each other and they continue to surprise each other with romantic gestures. It’s not always easy to maintain the peace in a relationship, but some couples are better than others when it comes to putting forth the effort required. Here are 7 things healthy and happy couples do to keep their bond strong and continuing to grow together in the longterm.
1. THEY STILL GO OUT ON REAL DATES.
No matter how long they’ve been together or how comfortable they are with each other, they haven’t stopped going out on real dates together. The healthiest couples will continually come up with new ideas for a to go on together, whether it’s getting dressed up and going out for dinner at a hot new restaurant, or taking a drive to a secluded beach to watch the sunset and enjoy a romantic picnic. If keeping the spark alive is something you’re into, exciting and fun dates are a must.
2. THEY COMMUNICATE WELL WITH EACH OTHER.
Communication doesn’t just require a standard of honesty and openness – it also requires an ability to be direct and straightforward with your partner rather than sugar-coating or beating around the bush. Healthy couples have no problem being direct with each other. They avoid being passive and will always tell each other when something’s bothering them. If one partner receives criticism, rather than getting defensive they’ll try their best to adapt so that their partner remains happy. If someone wants something in the relationship – something they’re not currently getting – they have no problem being upfront about it. Keeping it bottled up inside is just way too dangerous.