It’s not about big romantic gestures, poetry and romantic-drama monologues. Communication is the key to any great relationship, and sometime’s it’s the most common sentences that can go the longest way. Here are the 7 things all strong couples regularly say to each other.
1. ‘Thank you.’
Because you and your guy already do a lot for each other, acknowledging the small acts of kindness is something that, after a while, you might forget to do. Making sure your partner knows how much you appreciate everything he does – big or small – is a sure way to keep the relationship strong.
2. ‘Have fun!’
If you’re in a healthy relationship, you probably aren’t spending every minute of every day with your SO. Wishing each other a great time when either of you are going somewhere without the other (and meaning it) speaks volumes about the strength of your bond.
3. ‘I trust you.’
Trust is at the crux of every strong relationship. In a recent study, the words ‘I trust you’ were found to be the three words that had the largest impact on a sample of men. Apparently, ‘I trust you’ can be even more powerful and bond strengthening than ‘I love you.’
4. ‘I’m proud of you.’
Your partner’s successes are yours, too! Vocalising the fact that you’re proud of your partner reaffirms the confidence you have in him and the happiness he brings you – it will make him feel amazing. In fact, he’ll just want to make you even prouder.
5. ‘I’m sorry.’
This can be very difficult to say especially if you feel like you’re not in the wrong, but for you and your partner to thrive they’re words that have to be said. An apology is a necessity in any relationship. Remember, if your fight has a ‘winner’, you’re doing it wrong.
6. ‘You make me laugh.’
Couples who laugh together stay together – if you don’t find your partner even slightly amusing (intentionally or not), the relationship probably isn’t on the best course. There’s nothing more fun than being with someone who makes you laugh, and strong couples let each other know that their humour is understood and appreciated.
7. ‘I don’t like it when you…’
Just like they have no problem talking about the positives of their relationship, strong couples can also vocalise the negative aspects. It’s extremely important to be able to talk through the problems. If you can do that without feeling the need to end the relationship, you’re good to go for as long as you want to!