Four Tips for a Better Relationship

Posted on July 9, 2012

Would you like to have more fun, communicate better, and feel more deeply connected in your relationship?  Are you settled in your relationship but still desire more out of it?

Below you will find four tips to improve your relationship.  These tips won’t work miracles and make your relationship perfect, but they will give you a new, exciting way to experience your relationship and bring more satisfaction to your connection with your partner.

Tip One: Talk to each other.

Couples who are open, honest, and willing to take risks when speaking with one another are more satisfied than couples who only report the day’s activities to one another.  Speaking about your hopes, dreams, desires, fears, and accomplishments creates a deeper bond in the relationship and promotes healthy patterns of communication.  Allowing your partner to know your needs on a deeper level will leave you feeling more satisfied and supported.

Tip Two: Have fun together.

Be creative and plan date nights each week.  If you are on a budget, come up with ideas that are less expensive but still fun and exciting.  Rent your favorite movie and buy your favorite dessert from a local restaurant.  Or cook dinner together and then snuggle up on the couch and listen to music.  Find an activity like bike riding, playing tennis, or taking walks that you both love to do and then plan on doing it once a week.  Spending quality time as a couple helps keep your relationship strong.  It promotes connection and allows both of you to unwind from busy weeks.

Tip Three: Spice up your sex life.

Do you wish you had more sex?  Sex is one of the most avoided topics to speak about in relationships.  But, talking about sex gives you a better understanding of what your partner desires sexually and will actually help you create a more satisfying sexual relationship.  If you haven’t talked about sex, I encourage you to do so.  Your partner may be relieved that you brought the topic up and are willing to speak about your desires.  Have fun when creating new ideas that are satisfying to both of you.  Having fun will make sex more desirable, but remember to only do things that both of you are comfortable with.

Tip Four: Make one another a priority.

I know how busy life can be, but you must make your partner a priority.  If your work, friends, or family are taking precedent over your partner, then you need to reevaluate your priorities.  Making your partner feel desired, loved, and important is one of the easiest ways to increase satisfaction in your relationship.  Ask your partner how he or she feels loved by you and then work to increase the frequency of these actions.  Everyone feels loved in different ways so being in tune with your partner’s need for connection will help you increase your satisfaction.

As stated above, these tips won’t make your relationship perfect, but they will open the door to deep connection and greater satisfaction.  Don’t be afraid to take risks with your partner.  Your relationship is worth it.

 

Written by: Kristie L. Watts, LMFTA

Kristie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate at Groff and Associates Counseling.  Her passions are parent child relationships, grief and loss, and pregnancy related struggles.  If you are interested in seeing a counselor and think that Kristie would be a good fit, please contact her at kristie@groffandassociates.com or 317-474-6448 ext. 108.

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