5 Keys to a Lasting Relationship

All relationships have hard times. There is no such thing as a perfect relationship, so let’s take that notion off the table. However, there are things that you can do to set your relationship up for success. Here are 5 keys to a lasting relationship:

1. Be Honest

Share your honest feelings about how your significant other makes you feel. Words can either build us up or tear us down. Let them know how much their words hurt or encourage you.

2. Check In

Sending a text can make someone’s day. Just a simple “Hope your day is going well!” can mean the world to them. At the end of the day, sit down and go over your day with each other. Ask questions! This shows your partner that you’re genuinely interested in them and what’s important to them is important to you.

3. Trust

Trust in one another has to be enough. If there is no trust, then the relationship will not last. Trust that the other person is faithful and committed. Don’t let past hurts or betrayals keep you from giving your current significant other the benefit of the doubt.

4. Honor

Respect is earned, but honor is given. Honor, unlike respect, is based off of what you decide about an individual. It’s not based on performance or lack thereof. Honoring might not change their attitude but it will change yours toward them. Also, when you honor someone, they tend to want to live up to those expectations.

5. Compromise

You can’t always get what you want. Meeting somewhere in the middle is the best solution most of the time. This will force the two of you to communicate to come up with the best outcome.