2017 is in full swing and I guess you are ready to take on the the world.
No matter how great your relationship was last year, you need to keep working hard to improve it and make it stay strong this year and beyond.
I’m sure you’ve written down your resolutions, career goals and business plans for 2017. What about your relationship goals? Have you written down any?
I have compiled a list of things you can do to make your relationship better in 2017. You are going to be amazed!
1. Be Committed:
It is a new year full of hopes, aspirations and goals. For married couples, this is the time to renew your vows and start your marriage all over again.
Go back to the first time you got married. How did you and your spouse feel? Excited right? How do you feel now? The same? I don’t think so.
If you want to recapture those wonderful moments with your spouse, you need to be more committed. Don’t take your relationship for granted; nurture it, invest in it and have faith in it.
2. Forgive Easily:
Bearing grudges and refusing to forgive doesn’t help our relationship in anyway. It only creates a bridge between you and your partner. Learn to forgive easily and to let go of hurt.
When you forgive your spouse, you will realize how much peace and joy would enter your home. Be forgiving; don’t bear grudges!
3. Be Romantic:
Couples who have been together for a long time discover how much they forget to be romantic. It is not as if they don’t love each other; they’ve become too comfortable with each other to even bother about romance.
All the romantic things they used to do like walking hand in hand, kissing in the rain, giving each other massages all take the back seat when children join the picture. Excuses have become the new romance! Is this your situation?
You both need to work on your relationship; relive the good old times by doing all the mushy things you used to do to each other when you first met. Kiss your spouse on the forehead for no reason. I know you’re exhausted half of the time but you need to try!
4. Communicate Better:
I have this strong belief that excellent communication helps a relationship grow healthier and stronger.
When you communicate well with your partner, problems will be solved faster, issues will be tackled easily and challenges will seem trivial.
I’ve discovered that when I involve my boyfriend in certain matters, they get solved faster than when I try to do it alone. Try to indulge your partner in your affairs.
If you have issues, don’t expect your partner to read your mind; discuss it with him. He’s not a mind-reader. Be communicative!
5. Be Thoughtful:
Some couples don’t know “little things matter the most”. I know you want to buy your girlfriend the best gift you can afford. Don’t just look at how expensive it is; look at how it will meet a specific need.
Pay attention to what your partner needs. If she complains of how difficult it is to manage her time, buy her a daily planner.
If you know she genuinely loves a particular author, get her some of his works. That’s being thoughtful! Not everyone knows how to do that.
6. Do Not Cheat:
This is not a joke; it’s pretty serious. If you’ve decided to be more committed to your partner, the best way you can show this is “No cheating”.
Let your mantra this year be “I love my woman, I won’t cheat on her”. Don’t look for small fights so you can run into another woman’s arms.
Every relationship has issues. It is left for the couple to work hard as teammates to keep their relationship strong. Be faithful to your spouse!!!
7. Go Out Often:
You know how busy it gets once the holidays are over. Don’t let the crazy schedules stop you from going out with your sweetheart.
Plan your schedules well and make time to go out with your spouse. Look for nice spots to relax and talk about stuff other than work. Go on and Have some Fun!
8. Be Selfless:
Love is all about being selfless. When you choose to love someone, you choose to put him first in your life. His needs come first almost every time. It shouldn’t be all about you every time. Your spouse’s needs should matter too.
9. Spend More Time Together:
Some couples feel going out means spending time together while other couples see staying at home and cuddling in front of the TV or fireplace as spending time together.
Try to spend some time together alone without distractions. If you have kids, send them off to your mom’s and enjoy the freedom.
10. Be Supportive:
Support your spouse in any way you can; if he needs financial, emotional or spiritual support, endeavour to be there for him. Be interested in his career and any activity he invests his time and money in.
11. Pray Together:
My Dad always says “A family who prays together, stays together”. Make time to pray together; it makes your marriage stronger. Whether you’re married or single, cultivate the habit of praying and committing your relationship into God’s hands.
12. Always Use Your Partner’s Love Language:
I’m guessing you know your partner’s love language by now. If you do, always use and you will have fewer issues. If you don’t know your spouse’s love language,
13. Remain Positive:
Always be positive. Whatever you do, remain positive. Don’t let the challenges in life weigh you down. There is always a solution to a problem.
Even when things don’t go according to plan, put a smile on your face and stay positive.
14. Be Honest:
Always say what you mean and mean what you say. There’s nothing that tears apart a relationship faster than lies and infidelity. Always be honest with your partner. Honesty brings trust, secutity and openness into a relationship.
15. Remember To Be Patient:
Patience is key in everything. In your marriage, you need patience. In your career, you need patience. In your business, you need patience. Big things always start small!
My list looks pretty cool and easy to implement right? I thought so too! I think we all need to work to make our relationships better and stronger.
What other things do you think can make your relationship better in 2017?