The answer is a resounding “YES”, isn’t it? Relationships are THAT important to us! Yet we often feel at a loss as to how to nurture them effectively (especially our personal relationships and – even more specifically – our romantic, long-term relationships) so I have decided to give them the main focus for the next seven weeks. I have taken the word ‘RELATIONSHIPS’, used it as an acronym and we’ll explore a couple of letters each week and take Key Steps together to…

Nurture ‘RE’lationships (Part 1)

R – Real: Be real about your relationship. You will argue; in fact, it would be unhealthy if you never had a disagreement. Apathy in a relationship can be dangerous. But when you argue… ‘fight fair’, don’t demean or attack your partner’s identity by name calling. Rather focus on the behaviour you do not like (and explain how it makes you feel or the impact it has on you) and remember that you love the person and want to make sure they know that. For example, instead of saying “You’re inconsiderate” (which is an identity attack) rather say “I feel disappointed and not considered when I’m left to cook and clean up after a long day at the office. I’d really appreciate your help packing the dishwasher.”

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E – Excitement: Keep the excitement alive; go away for the weekend together, book dinner at one of your favourite restaurants, go on a picnic… be spontaneous and do the things you often did while dating. In fact, schedule a ‘date night’ at least once a month to keep the romance alive. Get dressed-up and have fun… looking good for yourself and your partner is a very important part of maintaining physical attraction. It’s important not to take your partner for granted and constantly keep the magic alive.

What are you going to do this week to keep it real and add excitement? Remember that it’s often the little things that make the biggest difference! And always remember that YOU CAN…

“be the difference that makes the difference