When you fall in love, your dream is for that love to last forever. There’s nothing worse than falling head over heels for someone, only to end up heartbroken and confused about what went wrong, endlessly wondering where you went wrong and how to go back to how things used to be.
So what are the secrets of couples that stay together? How do their relationships stay so strong for so long?
Here are the 7 hidden secrets behind relationships that last till infinity:
Let fights happen without turning them into world-enders
Sometimes the wrong set of circumstances hit and you and your s/o are going to fight with each other. Just because you’re mad at each other doesn’t mean you don’t love each other, and every fight doesn’t mean that the relationship is ending. Couples that go the distance can rise above petty fights and recognize what’s most important.
When he texts or calls you, respond to him (and hold him to the same standard)
No one likes to wait around for their significant other to text or call back. Prompt replies should be the standard, not the exception, and your priority should be keeping in touch with your partner.
Don’t make fun of each other
Even if you’re “just joking”, imagine how he’d feel if he heard you. The most important word to keep in mind here is respect – and keeping the respect in your relationship is crucial to it surviving.
Understand that every relationship comes with responsibilities
You’re not going to want to do the same thing as your partner ALL the time. Sometimes, that means doing things you really don’t want to do – like chores, or errands, or going to his stupid work party – just because you know it makes him happy.
Treat each other’s families like, well, family
Becoming bigger and bigger parts of each other’s lives is all about sharing more and more – and what better thing to share than family? If his family knows you think of them as your family too – and vice versa – it strengthen the bonds of your relationship even more.
Surprise random gifts mean a lot
Sometimes, this comes down to knowing your partner’s tastes – and exactly what’s going to put a smile on his face at the end of the day. If you know he LOVES double stuf mint oreos and you bring him home a bag, he knows that he was on your mind all day – and it makes him feel loved.
Defend your partner if someone is talking smack about them
It doesn’t matter if you’re the type of person who normally shies away from confrontation and doesn’t like correcting people – you’ve got your partner’s back and they have yours. Don’t let someone else disrespect your partner without standing up for them.