UR LOVE LIFE: 4 WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP
Written by Danielle Adinolfi, MFT
This article was originally published on PhiladelphiaMFT.com. Be sure to check out their site for professional relationship and sex advice.
Having a successful relationship seems less achievable today than ever before. With a society of 30-second advertisements, rapidly changing technology, and a limit of 140-characters to get your point across, how can anyone expect to remain with one person, monogamously until ‘death do us part?’ Though the task may seem daunting, it is absolutely achievable.
Here are some tips for you and your partner to remain focused on the goal of strengthening your relationship over time.
Listen: Rather than planning out your next sentence, take the time to really here what your partner is trying to tell you. Your partner will felt heard, and you will be better able to address their concerns.
Support: Do not burden your significant other with the responsibility of being your sole source of fulfillment. Maintain friendships to relieve stress that would otherwise be turned inward.
Stay Involved: Though outside resources are imperative, so is remaining close with your partner. Keep them a priority, and spend quality time doing things you both enjoy.
Be Intimate: Remember that intimacy, both physical and emotional, is a driving force in a relationship. Do not forget how important touch and openness are to maintaining a lasting bond.
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Danielle Adinolfi, MFT is a practicing therapist in Philadelphia. She received her Master’s Degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University with a concentration in Sex Therapy. Her areas of expertise include sexual trauma, anxiety, pre-marital counseling and systemic issues. Keep up with her here.