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Dating Tips: Make A Good Relationship Great

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 5 9
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              Everyone wants to have a great relationship.  Unfortunately, many people have not had positive relationship role models to guide them.  This has left many of us with no idea how to have a great relationship.   However, this should not stop us from having the relationship that we deserve.  There are many things that we can do to ensure that we have great relationships.

  1.  Have a date night once a week.  Although most of us have busy lives, we should all take time out to spend with the person we love.  Taking a night out to enjoy each other’s company and enjoy a good meal can be just what your relationship needs.  Use that time to talk about the things that are important to both of you without interruption.  This will make for easier communications at other times.
  2. Go on “Date-cations” (Date Vacations) often.  A date-cation is a word that I use to describe a weekend overnight trip.  You can choose to go in any direction somewhere between 2 to 4 hours away from home.  It should be somewhere beautiful, somewhat quiet and a place that makes the both of you feel good.  Destinations that are close to beaches, lakes, beautiful parks or great eateries are some of my favorites.  Plan ahead and make this time and place special. 
  3. Make your partner feel important.  We may know that we are loved by our partner but every once in a while it’s nice to hear it.  Everyone wants to feel like they matter to their significant other.  Kind words said often go a long way to improve a relationship.  This can take a good relationship to great relationship status.
  4. Leave anger at the bedroom door.  If you have had an argument and find yourself mad with your mate, leave those feelings at your bedroom door.  When you cross the threshold of your bedroom you should leave all the negativity behind.  Your home and especially your bedroom should be a place of love and delight.  Don’t taint it with bad feelings and angry words.  Make that the one room in the house that is always a positive place for the two of you.
  5. Choose couples in great relationships to befriend.  By keeping company with other’s that share a positive relationship we can reinforce our own relationship.  All couple’s can bring something to the table that may lend better understanding to our own situation.  This type of interaction can also be one of support in trouble times in either couple’s lives.   
  6. Periodically give little small gifts to each other.  One of my favorite things to do for my husband is to buy him his favorite dessert every few weeks.  Or buy him a nice shirt when I’m out and see one that would look great on him.  These little gestures let your mate know that you are constantly thinking about them.  Think about your own relationship and the things that are special to your partner and make them feel loved with these small tokens.
  7. Write love letters, texts or emails to each other.  Nothing brings a smile to a person’s face more than a surprise love note left on the bathroom mirror or a love letter in the briefcase or purse.  Think about the things you would like to say to your partner and then put it on paper or in an email.  What a wonderful way to say “I love you.”

             Give your relationship the best that you have to offer and feel free to use some of the ideas in this article.  Hopefully, they will help your relationship advance to from good to great.  Relationships take work, but it’s definitely worth the outcome of happily ever after. 


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Comments

May 4, 2012 6:49am
mommymommymommy
Congrats on being a featured article! It is very important not to take your relationship for granted and to nurture it. My husband and I will be married 25 years this summer. It is really important to date each other and remember that you were a couple before you had children.
May 4, 2012 7:28am
aberdelle
Great read. Probably one that should be re-read monthly by married couples!
May 4, 2012 12:00pm
Introspective
Congratulations on this feature! Like mommymommymommy, I've also been married a long time (over 20 years) and I agree with everything you've said. It's important to respect your mate even when you disagree with them, and leaving your anger at the bedroom door is very good advice.
May 4, 2012 5:42pm
tkmcdonald
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read the article. My husband and I have been together for 4 years, but they have been great years because we try our best to live by the same rules that I write about. We are not perfect, but we are perfect for each other.
May 6, 2012 10:40am
tkmcdonald
Hello Girlibird. It is so wonderful to hear that other people are experiencing what a great relationship should be. We all deserve to have it and it just goes to show, there are still good men and women out there willing and able to give and receive the good that others have to share.
May 6, 2012 1:56pm
vicdillinger
You know I normally don't find much interest in relationship articles, but this was very on point. The not going to bed angry is critical -- sex should never be wielded as a weapon because you are angry at her. It is definitely good to have a woman who understands the difference between love and sexuality as well -- the two are intertwined and complementary but they are not the same. Good work here, tkmcdonald, and tell your husband (I'm sure he knows this already) he is very lucky to have a good woman in his life. It makes all the difference in the world. A thumb.
Jun 17, 2012 3:33am
tkmcdonald
Thanks for the great comment Vic. I enjoy so much of your work!!
Jul 13, 2013 4:08am
Januarius
In making a good relationship,
don't look for an ideal and perfect model outside there.In my view,build a relationship that others will always envy,in other words be a role model.
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