Isn’t it great to be in love? When you find someone who feels right and who you enjoy being in a relationship with. But how do you keep that spark that was there when it all started? There are ways to strengthen your relationship – and keep it strong.
Go away together
Many people dream of exploring the world with their partner, so why not just go for it? Stop fantasising about all the places you want to visit and start planning instead. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a longer trip, it can be healthy for you to get away together and discover not only the world, but perhaps whole new sides of both each other and yourselves.
Do the boring together
Not everything is a bed of roses in a relationship. There are many things that can create both trouble and a bad mood too. Like who’s actually going to do the dishes and for that matter vacuum and dust? Instead of arguing about it – do it together. Think teamwork and help each other out. If your partner dusted last time, you can do it next time, and vice versa. No matter what household chores are involved.
Keep dating each other
It’s easy to fall into old habits when you’ve been together for a while. It’s nothing strange but can be a bit boring when it happens. Evenings at home on the couch are definitely cozy, but why not date like in the beginning of your relationship? Go to the movies, take each other out to a restaurant, enjoy a staycation at a hotel in your own city or just grab an ice cream and a long walk in the sun.
Get involved in each other’s hobbies
A great way to bond further is to get involved in each other’s lives outside of the relationship, such as hobbies and each other’s (not mutual) friends. This opens the door to new conversations, encounters and perhaps even exciting challenges. Who knows? There may be things about both you and your partner that you can enjoy together too (although of course it can be both nice and okay not to do everything together).
Dare to talk about money
Even if you mostly want to enjoy and have fun together all the time, it’s also important to bring up the less fun stuff too. A stressor for many couples tends to be about money, which isn’t surprising since it’s a big part of everyday life and life itself anyway. It can be nice to share information about how you manage your money, because should some unexpected expense come up and you’re afraid to talk about it… what happens then?
Share both success and adversity together
One of the great things about having a partner is that they are there to support you in wet and dry. Someone you can share your joy with, but who can also comfort you when you’re feeling down. But the most important thing in life is to be able to share the ups and downs with someone you like and trust. If you can, hold on tight!