Many singles wonder what it takes to have a successful relationship. Why do some relationships fail, while others succeed? There are many factors to a happy relationship, but here are 3 commonalities.
A relationship cannot be successful without solid communication. Therefore, you must never be afraid to express your wants and needs and ask your lady about her own feelings. If you don’t, one or both of you will be left guessing and that tactic often leads to failed relationships. It’s also important to let your partner know when you’re upset and why. Unexpressed grievances only fester over time and can often result in explosive arguments. Happy couples are those who take the time to talk to and really listen to their partners. When in doubt, or better yet, to avoid feelings of doubt, communicate, communicate, communicate!
No one person can have their way all of the time, at least no married or attached person. To make a relationship work, you must be willing to compromise and your partner must be willing to do the same. There are, of course, some behaviors you should never tolerate, for example abuse or infidelity. However, when it comes to what to eat for dinner, where to vacation, or even what to name your children, some compromise is necessary. Don’t think of it as settling or giving in, think of it as being part of a team (and a winning one at that).
Despite anecdotal claims to the contrary, numerous studies have shown that opposite pair relationships do not work. Successful relationships are those in which partners share similar interests. You don’t have to be a clone of your partner, just someone who shares similar interests, values, and beliefs. Sure, some opposites have happy, satisfying lives together, but if you and your lady argue often and can’t agree on the simplest things, than you may want to re-evaluate your relationship.
What are the secrets to a successful relationship? Remember the three C’s: communication, compromise, and common interests. These are 3 things that happy couples share with one another.