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Simple Tips for a Happy Relationship

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1) Try something new together.
Be creative and find new and interesting things to do together. Though it takes a little energy, the rewards are worth it. Preferably choose something that neither of you have ever tried. This adds to the relationship, the fun of exploring new things together.

These are the things we do when we first begin to date, the fun things that keep us in a state of anticipation and relaxation. This is something that one can do to keep that sense of excitement and expectation alive.

2) Remember to laugh.
Humor is a cure for almost everything. Even in our darkest moments of despair, we can smile and laugh at some quirky or funny event, or some memory. Be playful, watch comedies, go to comedy clubs, etc. Fill your relationship with laughter.

3) Become a foodie.
When we are new to a relationship, food can become an aspiring component. The old adage, that “the way to a man’s heart, is through his stomach,” has a grain of truth to it.

We must all eat to survive, and our culture has made eating, cooking, and kitchen comfort a part of our everyday lives. So be creative, ham it up. Take cooking lessons, cook together, and cook for one another. It’s all part of the grooming, caring, taking care of, that is so essential to the relationship.

4) Make life an adventure.
Go to new and different physical locations. It does not have to be a grand trip. It can simply be a weekend road trip. When you move your head to a different pillow in a different place, your defenses drop away and you become more open to one another.

5) Always keep each other’s confidences.
Never, ever share with friends the intimate experiences and conversations that arise in relationship. Trust is based on experience, and if either partner hears their conversations and experiences casually bantered about in the public domain, trust can be easily broken and hard to re-establish.

6) Be honest.
Integrity is essential to relationships. That means to be honest about everything, including money.

Add a Comment2 Comments

This is a great article Dr. Gross!

I think laughing with each other is the best thing you can do in your relationship. It just makes everything so much fun when you have those moments where you both just laugh, maybe it's something silly one of you did or just randomly happened.

September 27, 2013 - 10:10am

Great tips, Dr. Gross.

My boyfriend and I love cooking together and trying new restaurants, it is one of our favorite things to do. Who doesn't love eating great food?

I think it's really important to remember to have fun and not take things so seriously all the time. It's hard to be happy when you're always serious. Sometimes you need a reminder to let go a bit from someone who cares about you!

September 26, 2013 - 1:26pm
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