New Research Says Lasting Relationships Come Down To These 2 Basic Traits
Relationships Don’t Have To Be Complicated
There is a myth that relationships are so complicated.
They really are not.
Relationships are important to all of us. They are one of the main sources of happiness all over the world. Most people want an ideal mate, perhaps marriage and possibly children. We want a dream life full of love together.
Yet, many relationships end up with a break-up and over half of marriages end with a divorce.
Relationships must be difficult. They are hard to maintain. Or are they?
The basis of healthy and happy relationships is actually very simple.
You may be surprised to know that all relationships come down to two major factors. Yup, only two. No more.
What are they?
Kindness and communication.
See, it’s not that complicated.
Most relationships begin with kindness. Romantic dates, hugs, kisses, Valentine’s gifts and loving words.
Kindness, however, is much deeper than words, gifts and chocolate.
Kindness must be the basis of all relationships. It can ward off toxicity that can build walls and destroy relationships.
Kindness can generate joy, trust, belonging and love.
Kindness can’t be simply situational. You can’t be kind only when you want something or when there is a special occasion. You have to be kind all the time. It is not enough to have kind intentions, rather you have to show kindness through action and words.
Communication problems are the biggest reasons that relationships break down.
We can all agree that it’s important to have good conversations with your partner, however, communication is way more than chatting away.
You both have to learn to communicate fully and in a real way. Couples must learn how to have a tough conversation even about topics that may upset or sadden them. It cannot always be fun topics and jokes, but all areas of life.
You must be able to talk about your values, views, goals and dreams. You must also learn how to discuss potential disagreements or problems without an argument or resentment.
Listening to each other is an absolute key. When I say listening, I mean truly and actively listening without interruptions and giving full attention, respect and love.
Having loving intentions and assuming that the other person is coming from love as well is also crucial. Being understanding, loving and kind during any conversation is important.
Don’t forget about non-verbal communication either, such as eye contact, an open posture and smiles and hugs when appropriate.
While relationships are multi-factored and couples face just as many challenges together as happy times, healthy and happy relationships are possible. Kindness and communication are the two main factors you need for a happy relationship with your partner for life.
Are you in a relationship currently? How do you show kindness to each other? How do you communicate effectively and lovingly? Do you have other tips for happy relationships? Share your thoughts with us, we would love to hear from you.
And remember, we’re in this together.
Kat Gál is a professional holistic health writer who helps health, wellness and nutrition businesses to market their products and services through quality online content. She is also a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach. Kat is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. Reach out if you are looking for amazing blog content at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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