There are some really simple things that make your relationship better if applied. Not communicating often or well enough with our partner will slowly damage your long-term relationship. But these 5 sentences might just save it.
Here are some things you really need to learn how to say to your partner:
1. I was wrong
Even though it’s not an easy thing to do, own up to your mistakes. If you insisted you knew the route to the new restaurant in town and two hours later you’re still lost, then admit that you were wrong. There’s nothing wrong with conceding a point. Your partner will admire you for it.
2. I’m still not over that
Conflict is inevitable in long term relationships. That’s why it is essential to know how to handle it. If you’re still mad about something, you’d better share this with your partner rather than let it fester. It’s better to talk it through now, rather than have it explode at the most unexpected moment.
3. This is why I love you
If you are quick with your criticism, be as quick with your compliments as well. Make sure your partner knows you appreciate the little things he or she does for you. Point out all the ways he or she impresses you just by being their awesome self.
4. This is what my future holds
No matter how your plans for the future look like, you should make sure they are yours to fulfill. If your partner expects you to quit your job once you have kids and you want something completely different for yourself, then this is not something that will solve itself by ignoring it. Communicate, negotiate and compromise but don’t let your dreams down!
5. I’m not OK with this
Establishing boundaries, expressing your needs and preferences should be something you do on regular basis. Don’t expect your partner to guess what bothers you and then sulk if they don’t. Expressing yourself is good not only for the relationship, but for you as well. It’s an inquiry into who you are and this is a lifelong process.
Start saying these things more often to your partner and your relationship will grow stronger and stronger! Please share this!