Being part of a couple can be difficult, but the best relationship tips are really all about maintenance—keeping things fresh, finding time for each other, and coming up with ways to navigate the tricky ups and downs every partnership faces. Of course, it’s all easier said than done, so we’ve come up with 101 ways to make your relationship even better.
Plus, we asked a few of our favorite relationship experts for their tips, including life and dating coach Kira Sabin, relationships author Samara O’Shea (whose book Loves Me … Not is worth a read), and former sex and relationships editor at The Frisky, Ami Angelowicz.
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From how to deal with jealousy to how to get over a potentially deadly lull, we’ve got 101 relationship tips you can start implementing right now.
It might sound obvious, but when you really allow yourself to listen—and ask questions about—what your partner says, it not only leads to better conversations, but also better communication.
2. Take a Few Days Apart
Missing each other is a great way to reconnect. Have a weekend getaway with your friends every few months.
3. Find a Support Team
Have a handful of great friends or family members you can call so your significant other doesn’t have to hear every small grievance going on your life.
4. Put Away Your Phones
One of the biggest relationship tips is to give your undivided attention when your partner is speaking. It’s is one of the most important things you can do.
5. Volunteer Together
Giving back is a great way to keep perspective of how great your relationship is—and how lucky you both are.
6. Create a Checklist
Jot down new and fun things you want to accomplish for a day as a duo.
7. Talk to Couples Over 65 Years Old
Get relationship tips from them, and see what you can take away to apply to your relationship.
8. Stop and Appreciate All That Your Relationship Is This Very Second
Stop living for what it can be. This person is choosing to be in your life every day, not every day in the future.
9. Revisit the Questions You Asked in the Beginning
What are you hoping to accomplish in the next year? What are you scared of? These answers change, so we need to keep asking these questions.
10. Find 10 Things You Really Love About Them and Tell Them
Everyone needs a confidence booster now and again.