For people who are currently in relationships, as well as those who aspired to coupledom, one truth of being partnered is that there is always work to do.
Relationships that are left to stagnate quickly turn sour, and the longer partners go without checking in or making time for each other, the more likely it is that they’ll break up.
Here are several tried and true habits that help build successful relationships, which you should start working on now in order for your relationship to thrive.
1. They’re a team
Good relationships take work, and here’s a little secret: the skills you’ll need aren’t much different than the ones you learned in gym class as a child.
Teamwork is a huge skill that’s absolutely necessary for a relationship to function.
If you’re on a team with someone, you give of yourself, you work hard to set your teammate up for success, and you present a united front.
This is important when you’re together, but equally important when you’re apart- don’t badmouth your partner behind their back or say things that undercut their opinions or position.