Now, more than ever, couples have to deal with many external factors that can cause a strain on their relationship. A good percentage of marriages end in divorce every year — some that were married for decades!
You always hear someone at your office or social circle talk about a horrible day with their husband/wife, which leads to them separating. How can you avoid this? Simple – by increasing your compatibility with your partner. Here are 10 ways you can achieve this:
Communication is Key.
Communication is the most crucial key to a relationship, whether it is with your spouse or with anyone for that matter.
This means talking about life’s mundane details during the day and being open and honest about how you feel about certain things.
Relationships can be improved by communicating what you think and listening to what your partner has to say.
Each person must make an effort to hear out their partner as well as state their thoughts. This is one aspect of relationships I cannot stress enough! Without proper communication, everything crumbles and breaks down quickly. Whether it’s something big like disagreements on money management or small like what kind of milk you want in your coffee – you need to be on the same page with each other.
Create a shared goal for the two of you to work on together.
Take the time to invest in one another and create a shared goal for you both to work towards. It doesn’t have to be something big like starting your own business or having kids; it can even be as simple as eating healthier or exercising more frequently.
As long as the two of you are working together on something – it will drive you closer together.
Having shared goals can help reduce resistance to reaching certain milestones in your relationship.
It will also give both of you something to look forward to when bogged down with work/responsibilities.
Have weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals set with your partner. Try to make them with your partner at least once a week to keep each other accountable for your actions.
Another thing to consider is knowing what goals your partner has set out for themselves and being supportive along their journey. This might be achieved by helping them schedule their time and setting reminders for certain appointments they have.
Have an adventure together.
Spend some time away from the daily grind, cut off your cell phone and laptops, and be present with one another.
Couples who are constantly on their phones or glued to the television screen together tend to miss out on quality time together. These relationships can fall apart quickly because of it.
Take advantage of any free time you have together – whether that’s weekly, monthly, etc. If you’re able to take off work together on certain days of the week – even better!
You don’t always have to break the bank when it comes to taking an adventure together.
Go hiking, watch a sunset, or even go camping. All you need is to be with one another and enjoy the time you have together. It will give you quite a rush and bond with one another while discovering new things about each other.
Not only will this bring you closer together, but it will also help you develop new hobbies that you both enjoy doing. Try to do activities together that allows both of you to step out of your comfort zone. You might show each other new sides of yourself that you have never seen before!
Spend time with your partner’s friends and family.
This is another big one because it involves all the people in your partner’s life. Yes, even if you don’t like their best friend or new coworker, they’re going to keep them around for a while, and that’s okay!
If you can find common ground between each other with these people, then great! If not, do your best to be cordial with them when you’re in their presence.
Getting along with the family and friends of your partner is a direct reflection of you and what kind of person you are. It’s also a way for them to know if you’re a good fit for their loved ones.
It is essential to invest in your significant other’s friendships and family relationships. You never know – their friends may even become your close buddies too!
People who are in love with each other tend to do things together. This includes spending time with your partner’s friends and family outside of your circle.
Give One Another Their Freedom To Be Themselves.
It is okay for both of you to have different interests and hobbies outside of each other. This doesn’t mean you should neglect your partner in all aspects, but doing what makes YOU happy will make your partner happier too! At the end of the day, it’s YOUR relationship. Don’t lose sight of that by trying to please another person.
You dated this person because they brought something to the table that you didn’t have before. Allow your partner to do the same for you! This will make your bond more substantial, and you’ll feel like an equal match for one another.
You don’t want to be anyone other than yourself when you’re in a relationship.
The same goes for your significant other. Your compatibility with one another is contingent on how well you mesh together, like puzzle pieces.
If you’re forcing yourself to be someone you’re not, this will lead to a breakdown in communication and understanding. Compatibility is directly related to how well two people know and accept each other for who they are. This means taking each other’s faults and shortcomings too! You don’t want any of this getting in the way of what you already have.
Give each other the freedom to act freely without judgment.
There will be times when one person might be mad at the other, but they should understand each other enough to know their true colors instead of judging them by their actions.
It’s impossible to keep up with everything because we’re human and not perfect. Permit yourself to miss the mark now and again without starting a fight or giving up entirely.
Give your significant other their freedom, and don’t forget to give yours as well. This doesn’t mean walking all over one another, but rather allowing each other to be themselves instead of who you want them to be.
Can you give him space to go out with his friends at the bar on a Friday night? Can you give her space to stay in and read a book instead of throwing you a birthday party?
Share a hobby or interest with your partner that you both find enjoyable.
This will strengthen your bond and give you something in common to talk about when things get dull. Find something that both of you enjoy and start a new hobby together!
Having a shared interest is a terrific way to learn more about each other’s lives and personalities. This is also helpful for strengthening the connection between two people.
You may have been with your partner for a while, and you still haven’t shared an interest that the two of you both enjoy. This is okay! Compatibility isn’t just about things that we like but rather how we choose to spend our time together.
As long as you’re spending time with one another, then that’s compatibility in action!
You don’t have to do everything together because this will cause you to feel suffocated, but finding a few things that you both genuinely enjoy doing together will help strengthen the bond between you and your significant other.
Be willing to compromise when necessary.
Sometimes you have to give in to what your partner wants so that you get something out of the deal too. Compromise is a vital part of any healthy relationship. It’s how you work as a team instead of individuals who are at odds with one another.
You don’t have to lose yourself to make your significant other happy because this will only cause resentment and hostility to build up within your relationship. You can’t always get what you want without making some compromises as well!
There will be times when the two of you won’t agree on certain things, but that’s okay too! The trick is to talk about it maturely and not allow those disagreements to destroy your bond.
Both must be willing to compromise if they want a healthy relationship, which means both must be willing to give up something for the other person to get what they want.
Be affectionate with your partner.
Affection shows you care and validates the relationship as a whole. One of the most important parts of any relationship is showing affection for another person. This is why you should make it a point to be affectionate with one another because this shows that you care about their feelings and well-being.
You don’t always have to give your partner something material, but rather show your affection by lavishing them with love and attention instead of money or gifts!
Actions speak louder than words, so never underestimate the power of acting like how you would treat someone you truly love. This means putting all grudges aside and staying kind to one another.
Being affectionate towards one another might mean giving hugs after an argument or holding hands during special occasions together. It can be anything! Just know what your significant other likes the most so they know how much you really care for them.
Make sure to keep your partner in the loop with everything that’s going on in your life.
This is important because it validates your relationship and allows you to be on the same page. Don’t keep your significant other in the dark when it comes to things going on in your life.
Keeping them in the loop shows how much you trust them with personal information about yourself. This will strengthen your bond because it shows that you trust your significant other and allows them to be a part of something bigger.
If you want them to understand why you’re acting out, then make sure they know the whole story!
Don’t leave things out because this can cause misunderstandings and push away the person who matters most in your life.
Being in the loop is about understanding why someone behaves a certain way and not necessarily agreeing with it. The more you tell them what’s going on in your life, the easier it’ll be to fix any problems that might arise in your relationship.
Keeping your partner up to date with everything going on in your life will make them feel special and important. When you make sure to let them know how you’re feeling, they can do the same as well.
When something happens to either of you, it’s okay to show interest in their lives by asking what happened or what kind of impact it had on them emotionally. This shows that you care about their well-being and want to help improve their lives if necessary.
Talk About What You Want in Bed!
Talking about sex will help spark the relationship.
Having open communication about what you want in bed can benefit your sexual experience by making it more exciting and pleasurable. This is important because it lets both parties know exactly what turns them on so they can enjoy themselves. Talking about sex should alleviate any feelings of self-consciousness, too, because you’ll both be able to speak freely without feeling insecure or embarrassed.
Sex is an integral part of a healthy relationship that keeps things fresh between you and your significant other!
Talking about what you want in bed is essential because it shows that both partners are willing to try something new.
You shouldn’t be afraid of not knowing how to please your partner sexually because the best way to learn is by talking about it!
Tell them precisely what gets you excited and what makes you uncomfortable. This ensures that they get the most out of their time with you while also making sure they don’t do anything to make you feel uneasy or uncomfortable.
The only way for your partner to know what works best for you is if you tell them! You should keep an open line of communication between one another when it comes down to having sex. Never assume anything; always ask questions so there aren’t any misunderstandings about sex.
In conclusion, there are many ways to increase your compatibility with a partner.
The 10 we have discussed may not be the only ones that work for you and your significant other, but they should provide some ideas to get started in finding what works best for you!
Comment below if you have any advice on improving compatibility or would like more information about one of these tips. We look forward to hearing from you!
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