Understanding and respecting your partner's perspective is crucial for a resilient relationship, despite differing minds and disagreements.
"Disconnect from devices, prioritize quality time. 24-hour break for board games and cooking together. - Bonnie Winston, matchmaker."
Annual marriage counseling, like a car tune-up, is essential. Lasting app makes it accessible, offering customized sessions on communication and more.
When both want it to work, finding common ground and language is key. Creating a safe space like 'drive time' can resolve relationship friction.
Strong relationships thrive when based on the good in each other, inspiring growth and mutual effort. Sustainability lies in active investment, not mere pleasure or utility.
Maintain individual activities, interests, friends before being together. Interdependence, not dependence, leads to satisfying relationships.
Laughter defuses arguments. Use humor wisely—avoid sarcasm. Self-deprecating jokes work well.
Express gratitude regularly to make your partner feel appreciated and remind yourself of the mutual support that enriches your life
Cousin happily married for 35 years. Secret? "Don't nitpick." Wise simplicity of his reply stays with Lisa C. from Springfield, NJ.
"Don't have hard conversations when either person is tired or hungry," says Kelsey M. from Seattle.
Fight for the relationship, not personal needs. Prioritize compromise, avoid blaming or dredging up past faults in anger.
"Over-communicate, especially about your relationship. Don't assume your partner fully grasps you."