How to make a relationship work

Social support at work is one of the most important factors that contribute to satisfaction in the workplace, which can impact your general health and happiness. A close and friendly relationship with your coworkers can also help you stay dedicated to your job. As with most friendships, you can follow a few key steps to strengthen your relationships with your colleagues and encourage a better working environment for your team. In this article, we’ll review how to build and maintain great work relationships.

Why are strong work relationships important?

When you build strong relationships with your coworkers, you’re helping to encourage an open and collaborative environment for everyone on the team. This often leads to higher morale, which promotes productivity and more effective communication. Also, you may find that good relationships with your coworkers simply improves your work experience in general. Lower stress levels and greater enjoyment of your work can benefit everyone on your team.

How to build relationships at work

Follow these steps to build and develop strong relationships with your coworkers:

  1. Develop trust with your colleagues.
  2. Maintain consistent communication.
  3. Show appreciation and respect for others.
  4. Speak well of your team members.
  5. Be positive.

1. Develop trust with your colleagues

Be responsible for your work assignments and deadlines. Develop trust with and among colleagues with fair and honest commitments. Apologize if you can’t complete your obligations on time, and do your best to find a solution. These steps will help you demonstrate that you are a responsible and reliable person.

When people trust you, they will be more likely to value your experience, judgment and opinions. Hard work, honesty and a positive professional demeanor are traits that will take you a long way in your career, and they will help you make an impact in any new role. If coworkers trust one another, they’re more likely to make productive suggestions and share ideas during meetings. 

2. Maintain consistent communication

One key factor in establishing a good relationship is communication on a daily basis, whether it is online or in person. Many interpersonal problems in the workplace can be solved with open and honest communication. To build a successful relationship, take care to show interest in your conversations and listen carefully to other people’s opinions. You can adjust and level your conversation with the person you are speaking with and watch for important nonverbal communication signs. 

Sharing about the things you do at work with your colleagues helps you build stronger bonds and relationships. Ask questions to better understand your coworker’s viewpoints, or give them a chance to express their opinions by listening carefully. To be more productive and happy in the workplace, it is crucial to learn how to diplomatically communicate and acquire some skills for successful conflict resolutions. If any conflicts happen between you and your coworker, take the time to calmly discuss the issue and come to a solution that benefits both of you. This will help you ensure a more comfortable working environment in the future.

3. Show appreciation and respect for others

Respect is a valuable foundation of any great relationship. Being mindful is something that people recognize and appreciate, and it makes a workplace better in general. Be tolerant and empathetic to everyone in a group. Create a motivating work environment by complimenting, endorsing and perceiving contributions by your colleagues. 

Everyone has a different perspective, so embracing different viewpoints on a situation at work can help you maintain a positive and open attitude. Respecting the people you work with means that you valuing their views and ideas. This will enable effective and creative working relationships that will benefit both you and your colleagues, which will encourage diverse opinions and new discussions.

4. Speak well of your team members

If you ever speak about a coworker, always try to keep your comments positive. Gossip tends to travel quickly in the workplace, but the praise you give someone else can spread just as fast. When you speak highly of others, you can help establish yourself as a positive and supportive team member. If you have an issue with one of your coworkers, it will be far more productive to speak with them alone and try to resolve the issue peacefully.

5. Be positive

A key part of building healthy relationships is to retain a positive attitude towards your coworkers. Team members tend to experience increased motivation and satisfaction in the workplace when they’re confident that they’re part of a team. This affects an employee’s desire to stay in the team and contributes towards the implementation of the work tasks. 

People who understand each other and feel comfortable with one another are more likely to have a positive attitude and maintain a good mood at work. People function better when they are in the company of relaxed and satisfied peers. Congratulate colleagues whenever they’ve accomplished a goal. Such gestures will help you show your coworkers that you value them, and it can lead to stronger relationships.

Tips for building strong work relationships

Here are some additional tips to help you foster stronger relationships with your coworkers:

  • Find opportunities to listen to others. Most people will be glad to tell you about their day if you give them the chance. If you listen well and respond appropriately, you can help your coworkers quickly build their trust in you.

How to make a relationship work

“The ability to understand people is one of the greatest assets anyone can have,” said Alfonso Bucero, speaking at the PMI Global Congress EMEA in London. Understanding others takes time and effort, he added. But it improves your ability to communicate with them.

His presentation offered several tips for better understanding your project stakeholders and creating good working relationships with your colleagues.

Here are 6 tips for building a good rapport with your colleagues:

  1. Use the word ‘you’
  2. Respect and recognize everyone
  3. Share what you have in common
  4. Show people you care
  5. Help them
  6. Ask questions.

Let’s dive into those tips in more detail so you can see how to make them work in your office environment.

1. Use the most important word: YOU

Alfonso said that the most important word to use in conversation and when working with others is “YOU”.

Here are some examples — you can see how easy it is to drop this word into discussion.

  • Thank you
  • What is your opinion?
  • I appreciate your efforts
  • You did a good job
  • I want to understand you better.

Remember that good working relationships with your colleagues come from understanding how they think.

Normally that comes down to understanding what’s in it for them. On any project, when you are trying to engage anyone at work, think primarily about what’s in it for them and frame your message in those terms.

2. Respect and recognize everyone

Everyone has unique qualities. Appreciate the differences in the team. Celebrate each other’s approaches and outlooks and recognize that different cultures see things from a different perspective.

That’s OK. You can’t expect everyone to work in the same way as you so don’t approach your colleagues with those expectations. Respect their ways of working as you would expect yours to be respected.

Emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills are so important — so much so I feel they’re worth a mention as some of the key trends in project management.

3. Share what you have in common

Even through our differences you have a lot in common. You work for the same company. You may work on the same project. You share the same experiences in terms of organizational successes and defeats, failed projects and successful bids. Your emotional reaction to many life events are likely to be similar to your colleagues.

Share personal stories with your colleagues where you feel able to do so. Speak enthusiastically about your work and what they are doing and encourage others to do the same.

4. Show people you care

Support and encourage your colleagues. Listen to them. Your behavior elicits a reaction in those around you, so be alert to that and work out how you can use it to your advantage to shape the mood in the room.

“Apply your authenticity. Say what you believe and act on what you say.”

Alfonso Bucero

Showing people you care at work takes a variety of forms from active listening to gift baskets for the arrival of a new baby (I got a couple of those, thanks very much, work colleagues).

If people know that you care about what happens to them and their teams, then they are more likely to recognize what you know. “Nobody knows how much you know until they know how much you care,” Alfonso said.

Develop your personal empathy, and understand that their reactions are not always what you would expect.

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5. Help your colleagues

“Anybody who helps somebody influences a lot of bodies,” he said.

Being helpful is a great way to build working relationships that last a long time. It’s a way of creating social capital which can come in useful a lot later.

Helping people at work covers everything from doing a small favor, to answering their phone while they are away from their desk, to helping them hit deadlines, to coming in at the weekend to help with a software launch to …well, just about anything.

The flip side of helping is that you don’t want to become a dogsbody. Don’t say yes to every request unless you can genuinely offer useful help that won’t interfere with your own productivity.

It’s important to understand the difference between being helpful and being used.

A great way to work out what your colleagues need and how to best help them is to use stakeholder engagement techniques. My Stakeholder Management Template Pack has everything you need to pinpoint who is influential to your projects at work and what you can do to best serve them.

How to make a relationship work

6. Ask questions

You will understand your colleagues better, and be able to build longer term, trusted working relationships with them if you ask questions.

When you talk to your colleagues, aim for a tone that suggests you are leveling with them without pretense or excessive emotion, Alfonso recommended.

Ask them what is important to them. Ask how they like to work. Ask how you should keep in touch. All of this helps you see things from other people’s perspective which helps you understand where they are coming from.

The ability to understand people is your choice. You can improve your ability to build positive working relationships and you are capable of understanding others.

You just have to want to, and work at it. These tips will hopefully get you started building working relationships that are long-lasting, productive and effective.

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How to make a relationship work

Elizabeth Harrin is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management in the UK and the award-winning blogger behind A Girl’s Guide To Project Management. She helps managers juggle their projects and ditch the overwhelm, making tools and techniques work in the real world. She’s also the author of several books including Engaging Stakeholders on Projects: How to harness people power.

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How to make a relationship work

For nearly a decade couples have come to us to learn one very important thing; how to make a relationship work.

Not just any relationship but their very specific and unique relationship. At some point it just. stopped working. got off track. They come to us to get things running again.

Some of these couples are recovering from infidelity (or other traumas) some have drifted apart or struggle to find common ground.

Some of the couples that call us (and maybe you are one of them) have struggled for years with these relationship issues. Perhaps they have even tried traditional couples therapy. Yet there is still a lingering dissatisfaction with their relationship.

Your relationship continues to struggle but you refuse to give up, you refuse to stop working and throw in the towel. Despite all of your motivation and desire to stay together there is still that same underlying question; how can I make my relationship work?

This question is worth examining. It is worth your time and energy to build a relationship with your partner that is satisfying, fulfilling, even glorious!

Our clinicians will tell you: the quality of our relationships is what determines the quality of our life.

Building a “working” relationship, this is indeed a worthy endeavor.

You deserve to be in a relationship that is healthy, one where you and your partner “get” each other. Your relationship should carry you through good times and through challenging times.

You probably know that, and that’s what brought you to a site like ours. Yet despite knowing how much your relationship matters and despite the hours that you have spent reading through the advice of “experts” we still come back to that question “how do I make my relationship work?” Perhaps even more concerning “how do I fix my relationship?”

Let’s break that down step by step and look at each part

So, we start at the beginning.

Ask yourself first, what stands in your way? What are the stumbling blocks that are holding you back from having the relationship that you have dreamed of?

As you examine this question you will likely find that some of these stumbling blocks are external and some are internal. Some of the things in the way are within your control and some simply aren’t.

The list can be long but there are two very specific stressors that sit outside of you and your partner and these are important ones to mention. These things are affecting your happiness and your relationship satisfaction but they might not have anything to do with you.

Worse, these things might not be directly within your control. This might sound bleak but hang in there, just because they are outside of your control does not mean you are helpless to their influence.

Relationship stress #1; times are tough!

It’s cliché at this point to say it but we are truly living in extraordinary times. There are more and more strains on our relationships and on ourselves than ever before. These stressors are as diverse as they are pervasive; economic, health, family, politics, social issues and many others that have probably popped into your head. It’s impossible to list them all as they change everyday.

We can’t control many of these things that are happening but we do have some influence over how these tough times hit our relationships. You and your partner can team up against these stressors together. This is your chance to find what your relationship means during tough times, not just when the road is smooth.

Our blog has dedicated pages and pages of research to this very topic. If you feel like your relationship is especially feeling these strains, it’s a great idea to spend some time browsing the topics we’ve covered over these last few months.

Relationship stress #2; family history and a lack of role models.

This one hits a little closer to home (literally.) You, your partner, or maybe both of you may come from homes where relationships weren’t healthy. You might have seen unhealthy fighting, which leaves you insecure whenever there is conflict. Your partner might have seen multiple partners come and go in a seemingly endless loop making your partner unwilling to trust and attach. Maybe there were affairs. lying. substance abuse. mind games.

These kinds of early experiences do not sentence us to a lifetime of unhealthy relationships but they are a signal that we might have a little bit of extra work to do.

If you suspect that you haven’t had the privilege of seeing a healthy relationship role modeled start to seek them out. Find the people in your life that have loving and supportive relationships and watch what they do, how they speak to one another, and how they talk about their partners (even when that partner is not around to hear it.

That’s a very early step and your observations should not end there. Educate yourself, seek out books and resources that will help you to “fill in the blanks.” We have resources listed below and there are many more out there, we recommend anything written by Dr. John Gottman, and Sue Johnson has wonderful resources as well.

Your relationship is an important asset. You deserve to build a happy life with your partner even if no one taught you how to make that work. A professional can help you through that process, you don’t need to build this skill all on your own, our intensives or relationship coaching may be the support that you need.

Those are the stumbling blocks we are going to outline here but you may have some other “relationship obstacles” in your head as well.

What is a healthy relationship anyway?

While there are some nearly universal elements to what defines a healthy relationship, many aspect and qualities will be personal and individual.

Let’s next make sure that you have that vision of what a working, healthy relationship means to you. Review the statements and questions below and jot your initial thoughts down.

Relationships that work are the ones that are worked on.

Relationships that work are the ones that are worked on. If you are wondering where to begin, here are some areas that can always use a little TLC.

  1. Communication. Being able to share the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of your life without feeling judged or devalued is what good communication is all about. Neither you nor your partner is a mind reader, so you need to let each other know what you’re thinking and feeling. Always remember that communication is the most important part of your relationship.
  2. Acknowledgment. From simply saying thank you to expressing your appreciation on a deeper level, you need to let each other know that you are grateful for one another’s actions and supportive of each other’s efforts. Look for every opportunity to show your partner that you are receiving your love’s positive energy and responding appropriately.
  3. Interdependence. Being truly interdependent means being involved with each other in a supportive manner without compromising your values or sacrificing yourself for the relationship. Interdependence means having time to yourself as well as time together. The key is finding the right balance.
  4. Playfulness. Have fun together. Whether it’s the tried-and-true or something new, being playful keeps your love growing. Every time you do something to make your partner smile, it generates chemicals like oxytocin, sometimes called the “cuddle hormone,” in both of your brains, which makes you feel closer.
  5. Acceptance. We all need to learn how to accept each other and our circumstances, so we can move forward in a way that enhances our lives and relationships. Make an honest assessment of where you are in your life right now and accept it. It’s the only way you can move to the next level.
  6. Positivity. Make the mutual choice to maintain a positive attitude. Being positive may be the key to keeping harmony. You can control your behaviors and even your moods when necessary, and having a loving partner who is willing to be there for you, even when you are struggling, can’t help but make your relationship more positive.
  7. Reinforcement. Showering your partner with little gifts, staying in touch during the day if you’re apart, and being there for them, no matter what, are just some of the ways you can reinforce your relationship. Be mindful of any actions or behaviors that might undermine your love and get them changed ASAP.
  8. Honesty. Having a partner you can trust creates a buffer between you and the difficulties of the world. When you have a mate you can rely on, it’s easier to take those risks that help you grow. Always be honest with each other about your feelings and needs, and remember that you can tell the truth without being harsh.

Every successful relationship needs the care and nurturing of two committed adults giving to each other in a way that creates a mutually beneficial connection. Giving your relationship what it needs to thrive is a truly loving gesture. Make the effort. You are both worth it.

How to make a relationship work

A relationship is like a garden that requires care, love , affection and understanding on a regular basis. To make a relationship work, you have to nurture your relationship constantly so that it stays healthy and beautiful.

Often, fights and misunderstandings make things go turbulent and you feel that the relationship is no longer working. Working through relationship problems is not just something that you start doing when things go out of hand.

Like a house that’s made by laying a strong foundation and building it brick by brick, a relationship needs to be built every day with the efforts of two.

Tips on how to make a relationship work

For some couples, it can be something as simple as being more polite towards each other. Others may have to go the extra mile to develop better communication or bring changes in their personality.

Whatever be the measures taken, the end goal should always be to reduce the bitterness in conflicts and let the relationship evolve into a better one where no partner feels short-changed.

For example, with time, couples may feel that since the honeymoon phase is over, there’s no need to do or say nice things to each other.

Over time, this starts to damage the relationship. Over time, couples feel at a loss about how to save a relationship like this where they start to see their partner just as a roommate instead of someone they would like to grow old with.

If you feel that your relationship is heading in this direction and you’re wondering “will my relationship last?”, then hit pause and read on to find out simple and helpful tips before saying “I quit”.

Respect the privacy of a relationship

Ever wondered about how to have a successful relationship? Well, the answer to this may not be that simple but there’s a basic thing that you must never forget. One of the most important things is to respect the privacy of your relationship.

There are many couples who vent their frustrations online after having a fight with their partner. It is not a wise thing to flaunt that you are too sad or too happy in your relationship. In order to make a relationship work, you must respect its privacy.

Unplug after work

How to make a relationship work

How do you make a relationship work? One way is by leaving work at the workplace.

Yes, it is true that we all have hectic work schedules, but that cannot be an excuse to not give enough time to your partner. Communication is the key to surviving a relationship . So set at least 30 minutes to 1 hour every day after work to talk with your partner over a cup of coffee.

If it is not possible to meet each other regularly, then you should at least talk for thirty minutes over the phone. Relationships take work and if you are always busy with your professional commitments then love is bound to suffer. Catering to your relationship needs is not something that you have to handle when things go wrong and you have to think hard about saving a relationship.

It is something that you need to manage at all times to make a relationship work.

Develop a deeper friendship

How to make a relationship work

Being friends with your partner is the best answer to the question of how to make your relationship better. What’s better than being buddies with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with? There will always be many people advising you on what makes a relationship work but the simplest advice is to see your partner as a friend and ally at all times.

You can become emotionally secure and connected to your partner by solidifying your friendship. Find a common hobby or interest and spend some time doing the same thing together. This will develop a deeper friendship between you and your partner to make a relationship work.

Appreciate each other

One of the secrets to having a beautiful and fulfilling relationship is to appreciate each other on a daily basis. Stop playing the blame game always and instead, try to see the positive qualities of your partner. Appreciating each other can do wonders for your relationship.

Watch this interesting video by relationship expert Susan Winter on why your partner doesn’t appreciate you (and how to fix that):

Find common goals

Couples who share goals, dreams, and aspirations are the happiest. Therefore, try to find some common goals and work towards achieving them together. This will definitely strengthen your relationship. It’s not just having common interests that create compatibility. Having common goals to work towards is what makes a relationship last since you stay on the same path as your partner that way.

Break negative cycles

How do you fix a failing relationship when there’s so much negativity between partners?

Can a relationship be saved when partners are always in disagreement with each other?

The answer to both of these questions is YES.

Many relationships become prey to some negative cycles. The woman might be too critical whereas the man might just distance himself from her to get some solace. Observe the negative patterns in your relationship carefully and try to break them. Talk to your partner about it and reach a midway.

Making a relationship work is not rocket science. It just needs a few elements to go on.

Communication, appreciation, and patience are some of the qualities that would help you to improve your relationship. While they may seem like the things you expect from your partner or the things you want in a relationship, you have to be prepared to reciprocate in equal measure.

Hopefully, these ways to make a relationship work give you a better perspective and you are able to have a fantastic relationship with the love of your life.

The first thing you have to recognize to make your relationship work — again — is that you have to care about growing. You, personally, without begrudgingly dragging your partner along.

For your relationship to be better, you have to be invested in being better.

The Work

Some things you might consider doing to grow:

  • Read the books
  • Listen to the podcasts
  • Heal your past traumas / experiences
  • Therapy

How to make a relationship work

If you do all the above (or some variation of) and make the time, you’ll become an emotionally stronger person who’s better at communicating.

There’s always one partner.

In my experience, there’s almost always one partner who’s going to do more of the work. So, if that’s you, here’s my advice:

Don’t be resentful.

The reason why you might have to do more of the work is that God has bigger plans for you. He’s giving you more. And to whom more is given, more is expected.

Therefore, you have to implicitly and intentionally plan to grow and improve everything about yourself.

Healthy relationships are not equal partnerships.

Frankly, there’s always going to be one party who’s more:

  • Emotionally intelligent
  • Invested in personal growth
  • Willing to change

Every single day I get a message from somebody on Instagram who will say,

“How do I get my partner involved with personal development / fitness / eating better?”

And the fact of the matter is we influence people by:

  • Being positive role models
  • Accepting them
  • Showing love

How to make a relationship work

I can’t say I’ve met too many couples where both parties are equally interested in going to therapy and reading some self-help books.

Let’s be honest, you’re reading this blog and, I’m guessing, feel somewhat alone in wanting to switch things up in your relationship.

We usually attract people who are opposite of us in many ways. Now, sure, they’re most likely very similar to us in many ways, too! But that particular piece — that quest for personal growth — needs to be YOUR hobby.

Not everybody will understand it and that’s okay because you’re going to make other people’s lives better. Including yours and your relationship!

For much more on this topic, like:

  • The benefits exercise does for your relationship
  • What to do if you’re lacking physical intimacy in your relationship
  • The value of bringing appreciation into everything in your relationship (and how to do that)

Then, check out The Chalene Show episode below:

And don’t forget to subscribe to TCS for weekly episodes geared toward getting your whole life right!

How to make a relationship last can be one dilemma most people sometimes ask their very own significant others. Generally, there are many of issues when it comes to romantic relationships. For starters, there are those lovers who openly vent their disappointment on the internet after working with a spat with their spouse. Really not a good idea to openly display that you’re most likely too disappointed or as well happy with your present relationship. However , in order for a relationship to completely work out, you must respect its privately owned space.

Another important thought when it comes to making a marriage work will be open to the partner’s unique interests and opinions. You must also be happy to discuss distinct points of check out with your partner in order to fix any uncertainty that may happen. Remember that it might be a good idea to become your partner’s point of view in case you don’t completely agree with all of them. A good spouse will always be ready to listen to you. After all, it can only you who also knows what’s best for you as well as your relationship.

How to make a relationship work

The next good judgment is to by no means lose vision of the fact that like is the key to making any romance successful. hot mail order wives This is important because true love is the a very important factor that can obtain you through any kind of problem life may well throw at you. The level of appreciate between you and your lover determines how you see things and how you really feel about one another. If you genuinely love your lover and want to make them feel loved, it is wise to express this to them. It is critical to note that revealing love is not going to mean that you have to be overly passionate.

For a couple to possess a healthy romantic relationship, honesty is another key factor. If you believe that your companion is certainly not honest enough with you, there are a variety of techniques on how to produce a romantic relationship work in spite of having distinctions. You can always speak to them seriously, somebody to remain great and show the affection in a non-threatening approach. It would likewise help if you respect your partner’s belief. Never claim with them or disagree with them until you really realize that such an point won’t solve the problem available.

If you consider that there is still some range between the companions, consider welcoming each other with regards to lunch. This can be another excellent way to be able to make a relationship operate even though you will find different views amongst the partners. You can start by requesting your partner if perhaps they would like to get out for the afternoon meal. If it is said yes, then simply it’s probably the best to propose to your lady something to them.

Another excellent tip on how to make a relationship work is to constantly stay in touch with all of them. If you can manage it, consider traveling to where they are. For this visit, let them know everything that has long been going on between both of you. Question them how they feel about the relationship and what their particular opinion is all about elements. Do this every week or so and soon you will get discovered for yourself getting along with your partner just fine.

Anyone who has been in a long-distance relationship knows that it is hard on both people involved to make it work. You miss each other and there’s less intimacy because you aren’t physically together that often. You can’t always talk to each other when you want to. If it is a new relationship, the distance can make it difficult to get to know each other. For those reasons and more, many people simply choose not to be involved in long-distance relationships. They either just don’t start them or if one of them has to move, they end the relationship. That being said, if you’re determined to make your long-distance relationship work, it can be worth the effort. Here are some tips to help.

Have an end date in mind.
How to make a relationship work
It can be hard to maintain a long-distance relationship if you don’t know when it is going to end. Whether you are in a new or established relationship, you can use an endpoint to make it easier on both of you. If your relationship is new, set a time period for how long you will keep your relationship long-distance before you take the next step. The next step could be meeting, spending a weekend together, or making plans to move. If you’re in an established relationship, knowing how long you will be apart can give you both hope. That, and it’s the only way things will work.

Communicate regularly, not excessively.
How to make a relationship work
As in any relationship, communication is important. Those day-to-day conversations matter. They create a bond between the two of you. It’s also important to communicate about feelings, concerns, and emotions. Set up times to spend together even though you can’t be physically together. Video chats are great for having conversations. Be careful not to expect each other to be there all the time though. In a relationship where you live in the same city, you wouldn’t expect a partner to be available to you 24/7 because they have jobs, friends, and other interests. Give your long-distance partner the same respect by not demanding all of their time. If you’re clingy and don’t respect their life, your long-distance relationship will never work.

Use video chat for other activities besides talking.
How to make a relationship work
Video chat has made it easier for people who are separated to feel like they are together but you don’t just have to spend time talking. You can go for a walk, watch a movie, play a game, or go online shopping. If you know you are going to be together again soon and hope to buy a house together someday, why not go on virtual house tours? Get creative with your video chats. Oh, and yes, you can have virtual sex over video chat too, if that’s your thing.

Focus on yourself.
How to make a relationship work
Consider the time you spend apart to be an opportunity to work on yourself. In the end, the work you do on yourself will strengthen your relationship. Learn to enjoy being alone. Spend time on hobbies. Enjoy time with friends and family members. A person who is comfortable being alone and knows themself well makes a strong life partner.

Make sure both of you understand the expectations.
How to make a relationship work
Don’t call them rules. No one likes rules. Instead, just clarify what you expect from each other. Do you expect each other to check in before you go to bed at night? Do you expect each other to not date others? If you discuss your expectations, there is less of a chance that one of you will do something that upsets the other.

Be honest with each other.
How to make a relationship work
If you’re feeling insecure or not sure about the status of your relationship, don’t hold it in. Tell your partner. And if your partner is the one that needs reassurance, be sure to listen to what they are saying. If you’re upfront and honest with each other about how you’re feeling, it will only strengthen your relationship, despite the distance.

Give each other permission to stalk each other’s social media profiles.
How to make a relationship work
Of course you want to know what your partner is doing, so just be clear about it – you’re going to stalk each other. Make it fun by tagging each other, sharing memes, or making videos of what is going on in your lives.

Give each a personal memento to hold on to.
How to make a relationship work
If he gives you the watch his father gave him for graduation, you know he’s coming back. If you give him your childhood teddy bear, he’ll have something to remind him of your scent and he’ll know you aren’t going to let him leave. Personal mementos can tell the other person you aren’t going anywhere.

Send each other good old-fashioned snail mail.
How to make a relationship work
For many people, snail mail is a novel form of communication. Have you ever received a love letter? Being in a long-distance relationship is the perfect opportunity to bring back the love letters. For some people, it’s easier to open up about feelings and emotions on paper than it is in words. You may discover a completely different side of each other. Also, consider sending each other little gifts. They don’t have to be pricey. It could be a book by his favorite author or a trinket you found in an antique store. You can even add pictures of places you want to go that you found in a magazine or a brochure for an event that you want to attend when your love comes back from being away. Making a long-distance relationship work isn’t easy but if your relationship is worth it, the effort to maintain it will be too.

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