10 Essential elements of a strong relationship

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7. Daily exchanges (meal, shared activity, hug, call, touch, notes)

A quick “Love you” Whatsapp message, or a two-minute phone-call, or an email sharing a cute YouTube link can go a long way towards maintaining a strong relationship.

If you want to get really romantic, leave some love notes for each other to find during the day. Hide a letter in their laptop bag, or a cute message written on a serviette in their lunch box.

8. Sharing common goals and interests

Couples thrive in a relationship when they feel supported by each other. Working towards an individual goal with the support of your partner is great, but make sure you also have some common goals to work towards.

Whether it’s saving for a holiday, or training to run a 10km race together, having a common goal is a powerful part of a successful relationship.

9. Giving each other space to grow without feeling insecure

So your partner got that big promotion? They achieved that major goal? They passed that test? Be happy for them and support them in their success. We often feel insecure when we compare our goals to others, but remember that your partner will be there to celebrate with you when you reach your goals. Give them space to achieve their dreams and they will do the same for you.

10. Give each other a sense of belonging and assurances of commitment

There is nothing better than knowing that after a long day, you get to come home to someone who loves you.

Make sure that you and your partner assure each other of your love and commitment daily. If you’ve been married for years, why not hold a small event to renew your vows? Or write them a letter reaffirming your commitment.

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