Becoming a couple with your significant other is one thing. Staying as a couple is an entirely different matter, and more so, staying as a happy couple. Indeed, relationships face ups and downs, and only the strongest couples can brave through such storms.
While you’re not always in a jolly mood together, how do you stay happy as a couple? In case you are wondering, here are some things to look at:
Respecting each other’s individuality:
While you and your partner are a “couple,” it is best to keep in mind that you are still two separate, different, and entirely unique individuals. You breathe separately. You think separately. You have your own respective dreams that do not always necessarily have to be conjoined given your romantic setup.
So yes, it is important to respect each other’s individuality. Not doing so can make your relationship toxic, because it’s either you only care about the other party’s happiness or value only yours. You don’t want to get to the point where you always feel short-changed, and this is all because you think you two are one and the same.
By respecting each other, you can see through each other’s wins and joys, and this is what keeps you happy for the long-term.
Letting each other take charge:
Aside from respecting each other’s individuality, as a couple, you two might want to allow each other to take charge of certain issues and situations. Let your partner decide on things that matter to your relationship, and not just ask them to agree with yours. This is because romantic love requires an exchange of power between partners. Let them lead, and they’ll let you lead too.
When you give each other this chance, the better the trust you build in your relationship. You also improve your confidence in yourself and in your partner, because you know your significant other knows and trusts you inside and out.
Cooking for each other:
Another way to stay happy as a couple is when you prepare a meal together, or for each other. This may sound totally cliché but the way to a person’s heart is still through their stomach, so why not take this as an opportunity to build a blissful relationship?
Cooking a meal for your partner (and vice versa) is more than just satisfying the stomach’s cravings. It is a gesture of love and care because you think about each other’s sustenance. It is also a great way to say that you satisfy each other’s yearning for affection, as you don’t get to prepare a scrumptious meal if you’re not inspired.
Taking a walk together:
Taking a walk together may seem cheesy, but it works for a lot of couples –most especially those who have stood the test of time. Walking together, either at the park or just around the neighborhood, offers a lot of benefits to your relationship.
For one, you two exercise while walking. And when you exercise, you release endorphins, aka the happy hormones. You feel light, relaxed, refreshed, not to mention happy that you are walking around town with the person you love.
Walking together also serves as a metaphor of your relationship –you two explore the sights of the outside world, and in this adventure, you’re not going to leave each other’s side.