By Stacy Lloyd
Starting a relationship is usually the easy part. It's maintaining a relationship that can be tough. Here is some of the best relationship advice to keep relationships strong and healthy.
Tip #1: Communicate
Good communication is a fundamental part of healthy relationships, wrote HelpGuide.org. Get in the habit of expressing yourself. Otherwise it may lead to resentment, misunderstanding and anger. Cosmopolitan added that it's important to make sure each person gets a chance to speak. Alternate where one listens while the other talks.
Tip #2: Don't Be Best Friends
While this sounds counterintuitive, the reality is that couples need space and time apart in order to have a healthy relationship, said 29Secrets.com.
Tip #3: Have Sex Often
Cosmopolitan recommended setting a goal to have sex at least a couple times a week. 29Secrets.com agreed that the more sex couples have, the more likely they are to stay together. .
Tip #4: Keep Physical Intimacy Alive
Studies show that affectionate touch boosts the body's levels of oxytocin, a hormone that influences bonding and attachment wrote HelpGuide.org. Intercourse shouldn't be the only type of affectionate touch. Holding hands, hugging, and kissing are equally important.
Tip #5: Compromise
HelpGuide.org reported that healthy relationships are built on compromise. It takes work on each person's part to ensure that there is a reasonable exchange.
Tip #6: Develop Tolerance
Instead of nagging and trying to change the other person, said 29Secrets.com, develop some tolerance. Picking at each other over trivial things (or even not-so- trivial things) is one of the best ways to destroy a relationship.
Tip #7: Spend Quality Time Together
HelpGuide.org wrote that as time goes by, children, demanding jobs, long commutes and other obligations can make it hard to find time together. It's critical to create quality time for yourselves.
Tip #8: Act More Positive Than Negative
Place a negative comment between two positives. Cosmopolitan gave this as an example.
To complain about chronic lateness, try something like, "You know, I love that you're so laid-back and easygoing, but it really bothers me when you show up so late. I'm sure you can still be the fun person I adore and also be on time."
Tip #9: Give Little Gifts
Happy couples give each other little gifts, said 29Secrets.com. It creates tokens of affection that remind you of each other. Cosmopolitan added that it's not about being extravagant. It's just a way of showing that you really get -- and think about -- each other.
Tip #10: Expect Ups and Downs
It's important to recognize that there are ups and downs in every relationship, wrote HelpGuide.org.
One partner may be struggling with a serious issue, such as the death in the family or severe health problems. This can make it difficult to relate to each other.
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Reviewed June 5, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith
By Stacy Lloyd