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10 Simple Things Couples Often Forget When Maintaining A Happy Relationship

10 Simple Things Couples Often Forget When Maintaining A Happy Relationship

Often, it’s the simple things that keep couples satisfied in their relationships. Create healthy habits that will help you grow closer as a couple and maintain a happy relationship that stands the test of time.

1. Enjoy Meals Together

Set aside time each day to eat at least one meal together. Turn off the TV and use the time to talk about your day. Creating this daily ritual ensures that you’ll take time out of your fast-paced lives each day to connect with one another. Cooking, eating, and cleaning up together can be a great time to squeeze in some much-needed time together as a couple.

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2. Ask For What You Need

Part of being in a committed relationship means you shouldn’t be completely independent anymore. Instead, it’s important to be able to ask for help and tell your partner what you need. When your partner meets those needs, it helps you grow closer as a couple.

3. Love Your Partner According to Your Partner’s Needs

Remember that what you consider to be loving behavior may not feel like love to your spouse. For example, perhaps a husband thinks he’s showing love by doing the laundry each night, but instead of feeling loved, his wife may be wondering why he’s not choosing to spend time with her. Find out what makes your spouse feel loved so you can show your love in a way that it will be well-received.

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4. Set Aside Quality Time For Each Other

Today’s world can be very chaotic at times. Don’t forget to set aside quality time to nurture your relationship. Schedule regular date nights and other time to be alone together. Spending quality time together on a regular basis helps couples maintain emotional intimacy.

5. Plan a Weekend Get-Away at Least Once a Year

Getting away from the rest of the world at least once a year can do wonders for a relationship. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive, but it can make a big difference in the health of your relationship. Make your weekend away a priority each year. Take turns planning your weekends each year to surprise one another or plan your weekends together as a couple.

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6. Unplug From Technology

Shut off your cell phone, laptop, and TV so you can devote your undivided attention to your partner. If you’re texting at the dinner table or sending emails while your partner’s talking, you’ll harm your communication. Treat your partner with respect by offering your undivided attention.

7. Maintain Privacy but Avoid Secrecy

Everyone needs some level of privacy, however, secrecy should have no place in a relationship. Your partner doesn’t need an all-access pass to everything you own, but if you’re hiding specific things because you know your partner would be angry, it can mean trouble for the relationship. Healthy relationships shouldn’t include harmful secrets.

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8. Don’t Expect Your Partner to Meet All Your Needs

It’s impossible for your partner to meet all of your needs all the time. If you expect your partner to always be able to do so, you’ll likely be disappointed often. Your relationships with friends, family members, and co-workers should meet some of your unmet social and emotional needs.

9. Deal with Issues as They Arise

Deal with problems in your relationship as they arise. If you don’t, you risk keeping score or growing resentful. If you’re angry or upset by your partner’s behavior, talk about it when you’re feeling calm. Holding onto your anger or frustration may cause you to eventually explode and say things you don’t necessarily mean.

10. Offer Compliments Liberally

Praise and compliment your partner every single day. Offer words of encouragement and support regularly. Make sure that you are genuine with your words and keep focused on the positive things your partner does.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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