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How to Have a Healthy Relationship

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Lead Contributor

People are often under the misconception that healthy relationships don’t work.

The best relationships consistently work at being healthy, supportive, and fair to one another.

These relationships have cracked the code required for open and healthy communication skills.

They must have important talks early in their relationship while learning the art of compromise.

One of the keys to a healthy relationship is to show your partner appreciation regularly.

This lets them know they are valued and that you notice and appreciate what they do.

Here is a short list of ways you can show your partner appreciation.

1. Create “me time” for them”

Between jobs, children, and various obligations, it can feel like none of us have time to ourselves.

One sure way to show your spouse how much you care about them and value the hours they put in during a day is to create a time just for them.

It does not matter if it is 30 minutes a day where no child or adult is allowed to pass the threshold of the adult’s bedroom.

That 30 minutes can mean the world to a stressed-out partner.

To be able to take a bath, read a book chapter, or do some yoga, you will have won some of their hearts and affections.

2. Make a set “date night” each week

Another important way to express your appreciation is to make your partner a priority.

Whether with or without children, set aside one night each week when the two of you just go out for a little while and do something together.

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These dates do not have to cost money or be extravagant.

It could be just watching a movie or going to a sit-down restaurant for a meal.

Regardless of choice, it shows them that you want to spend 1:1 time with them.

It reinforces that you value your time together and that you want to set this time aside to catch up on each other’s lives.

3. Do all the chores without being asked

The two of you may have a system where you try and evenly divide the chores.

Or, maybe one person handles the load of the chores.

Either way, surprising your partner by having them all done will win you points and show your appreciation.

It might earn you more appreciation and favor to do it yourself.

However, if you can spare the money to have the house professionally cleaned, your partner may have even more appreciation for a job done well!

4. Leave notes of gratitude every day for a month

It does not matter if it is a handwritten note, a thoughtful text or e-mail, or a quick call on your way to work.

Taking a moment to express something you appreciate about your partner is something they will cherish.

You may think they know how you appreciate them, but I promise you they do not.

Also, it challenges you to dig deep and think about the many ways you appreciate your partner while you come up with 30 separate days of thoughts about why you appreciate them.

5. Encourage outside interests

Many people are under the false impression that a couple must do everything together or share all their interests.

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This could not be further from the truth.

It helps you grow as individuals to explore and engulf yourself in your interests.

Maybe your partner feels bad taking a night away a week to attend a specialty class.

You could do wonders for their well-being and creative interests by surprising them by paying for a course term to try out a potential interest.

They get to explore their interests and get a personal night out and potentially a night away from the kids if they have any.

6. Take alternate turns choosing plans

Make a new rule where you alternate who gets to choose the plans for when you get a much-needed evening out.

This means your partner gets to choose every aspect of the evening without your input or grief.

You get the same opportunity the next time.

This is a great chance to add variety and interest to your relationship.

You may even surprise yourself by having a good time doing something you would have never thought of trying.

7. Surprise your partner with something they have had their eye on

Nothing says you care and that you listen to your partner’s wants and needs than to surprise them with something they have had their eye on.

It does not have to be budget-busting and flashy.

Yet, it should be something they have been wanting but would not splurge on themselves.

Your partner is guaranteed to be so surprised and grateful that you are sure to have expressed your love and appreciation without question.

There is nothing more meaningful than being listened to and treated.

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The benefits of these healthy relationship habits

Incorporating some of these small habits into your life will positively impact your relationship, your levels of happiness, and how secure you feel in the relationship.

When someone is feeling that way, they are more willing to be open with each other and more willing to come to a compromise when there is an issue to be resolved.

In the comment section below, let us know how you keep your relationship thriving.

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