The 5 Ingredients of a Healthy Relationship
Have you ever been in a room with a couple who were so connected and effortlessly in love that you were fuelled with jealousy? Or maybe you wondered why your relationship didn’t seem as exciting or easy as theirs? Don’t be fooled! A relationship can only be satisfying if you are willing to put your time and effort into making it amazing. There is no such thing as the perfect couple. But there are key ingredients of a healthy relationship that you can easily follow.
If you want to have an effortlessly amazing relationship, we know just the things to do. Here are the top 5 tips for building a strong and happy marriage.
Spend Time Together Regularly
Spending time together is important. It has been proven to raise marital happiness and lower stress between partners. It is vital for a healthy relationship.
Couple time fosters a stronger marriage that is less prone to divorce.
One study about the importance of a date night shows that couples who have this weekly practice have higher levels of relationship satisfaction.
The study goes on to say that “couple time may lead to higher quality relationships at least in part by fostering higher levels of communication, sexual satisfaction, and commitment among contemporary couples”
Spending time together allows you and your partner to deepen your connection and have fun together. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of friendship and laughter in a happy marriage.
Research indicates that couples who laugh together boost both their physical and mental health. Studies show that the prevalence of heart disease in individuals who rarely laughed was 1.21% higher than those who laughed regularly.
Laughter has also been shown to make couples feel more satisfied and supported in their relationships.
Make Sex a Priority
Sex is an important part of a healthy relationship. When you and your partner are regularly intimate, you boost vulnerability and trust for one another.
Sex has also been proven to heighten emotional intimacy and promote bonding. Not only is sex great for your relationship, but it’s also good for your health.
Research proves that regular lovemaking raises your body’s levels of immunoglobulin A(IgA), which is the same antibody that helps fight off infections such as the cold and flu.
Have you ever heard the advice, “Never go to bed angry”? It turns out this age-old saying has some merit to it. Research proves that those who go to bed angry force the brain to hold tighter to negative emotions than those who choose to let things go.
Are you addicted to your cell phone? If so, you aren’t alone. Surveys show that 85 percent of smartphone users check their phone while speaking to loved ones.
Ignoring your partner in favor of your cellphone has been proven to lower relationship satisfaction.
But a large factor in good communication is learning how to listen. This may mean putting your smartphone away.
Giving your spouse your undivided attention makes them feel loved and appreciated. It’s also a sign of being a good listener.
When you communicate openly with your spouse, you help prevent problems from spiraling out of control. You also learn how to resolve disagreements as a team, instead of simply trying to win an argument.
Don’t Forget Who You Are
Maintaining a personal identity is a big part of having a healthy relationship. Do not lose your sense of self.
After all, it was your personality, goals, and the excitement you expressed over your hobbies that made your spouse fall in love with you in the first place.
Maintain your friendships and take time for personal hobbies, relaxation, and mental health regularly.
Have Mutual Respect
Love and respect go hand in hand in a healthy relationship. While partners may not always agree about the same things, they must respect one another’s opinions, feelings, and boundaries.
You can show mutual respect by:
- Giving your partner your undivided attention when you’re speaking
- Not resorting to name-calling or hurtful remarks when you are arguing
- Communicating about a problem calmly
- Being open and honest
- Respecting your partner’s friendships, family, and social engagements outside of your relationship
- Never touching your partner in a physically harmful way
- Respecting sexual boundaries
- Never speaking rudely about your partner to others or revealing their secrets to others
You can also show you respect your partner by the way you treat their goals and advancements in life. Instead of being jealous or judgemental, be celebratory!
Studies show that couples who celebrate successes together enjoy a more meaningful relationship than those who don’t.
When a partner feels respected in a relationship, it allows them to feel comfortable in your presence. It also boosts trust and love.
A great relationship doesn’t just happen. It is cultivated by spending quality time together, communicating regularly, and fostering emotional and physical intimacy.
Maintaining a personal identity is also important for a strong marriage. By following these five simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to a happy, healthy relationship.
About the Author
Sylvia Smith is a writer who likes to write about relationships and how couples can revitalize their love lives in and out of the bedroom. She is currently associated with Marriage.com. She is a big believer in living consciously and encourages couples to adopt its principles in their relationships. By taking purposeful and intentional action, Sylvia feels any relationship or marriage can be transformed and truly enjoyed.