The following is what I think makes a partnership work. I was with the same partner for over forty-five years. This information is merely touching the surface and is based on what worked for me and others that I talked with who also where in long-term relationships that lasted 30 years or longer.
No one ever said it would be simple to make a relationship work. It takes a couple and it is a full-time job. Don’ t let anyone tell you or else. A relationship cannot be one- sided. Right out the gate trust is a key factor in any relationship, without this there is no relationship. You both have to be totally committed and be willing to make surrender and compromises. Never be afraid to inform your partner how you feel. If something is disturbing you talk it out, you might not like the out come but that is where compromise can come into the image.
When making decisions to try and do something always take into consideration how it will eventually affect your partner and relationship. You should remember when in a relationship it is not always just about you. Your actions can affect your partner just as much as they have an effect on you.
Communication! Conversation! Communication, always keep it open and going never let it die! Conversation skills to not happen overnight. It requires a lot of hard work on both partners finish and it continues throughout your entire partnership.
Never ever lie, it is best to tell the truth and take what happens and work it out because 9 out of ten times if you do sit it will come back and bite a person in the ass and your trust goes right out the window. Remember without having trust there really is no partnership.
Never act like you happen to be better than your partner, you may be better well-informed or be better off financially yet do not ever flaunt it. You need to keep in mind you are a couple not just two people. Have respect for one another and always respect each others personal privacy. Never plaster your disagreements or even spats on social media. Do not post photo’ s that are embarrassing. Once it is out there, it is out there forever and you can not take it back.
When you get into a fight and you will (don’ t believe someone if they tell you that they never fight everybody does one time or another) tend not to go running to family members and tell them all the details. The reason I am telling you this is because you will makeup and every thing will be fine, however , your family associates will remember every word a person said about your partner and every period they see your partner they are going to keep in mind what you said. So keep your family members out of the personal parts of your partnership. Over time if you continue running in order to family members their attitude towards your partner is going to change. If they had a great relationship they no longer will.
One Major thing to consider is in order for your relationship in order to thrive you have to constantly keep working on it. You need to keep it fresh and exciting.