Relationships are tough all around. To keep a relationship strong, stable and fun over the years is no small feat. If the love is there, then it comes down to a couple of simple guidelines that will help the two of you stay an evolving, dynamic and honest couple. The constant theme I found in these rules is don’t let the little opportunities slide by, make every moment memorable and happy. A long relationship is made up of many smaller moments, fill them with memories and joy!

Never Go To Bed Angry

If a fight occurs try your best to resolve it quickly. If you are unable to find a solution, remind one another that you both love each other. Apologize for harsh words and admit fault. Do what you have to so you both go to sleep without resentment.

Spend Time Together

Work, friends, family and life can eat up our time faster than we realize. Always make sure that your partner takes priority when you have free time. If there isn’t much opportunity, text and call each other so you can keep tabs on your lives.

Laugh Together

It’s important to have fun time in relationships. See a movie, people watch, or tell each other stories. Do whatever comes to mind that sounds like fun. Remember you don’t have to spend money to have fun. It’s not as important what you are doing as long as it’s with the person you love.

Trust Each Other

Without trust, there isn’t really a relationship. It takes lots of love, respect and belief to trust someone. If those elements aren’t present, talk to your partner and see what can be done.

Compromise

It isn’t about who is right or wrong. It’s about both of you getting what you want or need, without someone sacrificing too much. It’s very revealing when someone can’t put aside their ego to make their loved one feel better.

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Hug and Kiss Each Other When Leaving or Meeting

Give each other a hug or a kiss or both whenever you meet up or split ways. It makes it more exciting and creates a ritual of appreciation between you. It doesn’t have to be that traditional either, it can be anything the two of you like.

Check On Each Other

Call and text your partner to see how they are or what they are doing. This is a sweet reminder that they are always on your mind and keeps you informed as to what is going on in their life.

Leave Gifts and Notes

Little surprise chocolates or notes are just two of many examples of ways to surprise and treat your lover. Leave them a snack in the fridge with an inside joke written on it. Where you leave your surprise and what is says or is, is a great way to show them how well you know them…and how much you care.

Try New Things Together

Spice up your lives and break up the monotony of your daily activities. A couple that experiments together stays together. Dance lessons, rock climbing, cooking classes or a road trip are a few ways for the two of you to diversify your experiences.

Talk to Each Other Honestly and Openly

Be yourself and encourage them to be themselves. The two of you should grow together. The more you open up, the more you will understand about yourself and your life.

No Judging

You two need to love each other for who you both are, flaws and all. Remember that the person you fell in love with isn’t perfect but is trying to make you happy. You aren’t perfect either, so enjoy each other and enjoy the fact that you can stand one another’s true selves. Judgments are bound to happen no matter how hard you try. You have to stay aware and not let yourself build on those thoughts.