Believe it or not, our social lives can be a source of conflict. One partner needs more social interaction, while the other prefers much less. One person thinks the party is on Friday, but the other person is certain they told you Saturday. Throw in limited free time, kids, and other various circumstances, and things can turn into a mess pretty quickly.
One of the keys to navigating this challenge is obvious, but oh so important: clear and honest communication. Here are five things to make sure you’re talking about.
Dates are harder to make happen than we’d like to admit. There’s the challenge of prioritizing it enough to get it on the calendar, and then actually figuring out all the details and logistics, like finding a sitter.
Another challenge is deciding what to actually do! If you’ve been with your partner for any length of time, you know that dates can easily feel redundant and routine. You make the time to connect, but what if that connection time just feels like a rinse-and-repeat from the week prior? How can you spice up those dates you work so hard incorporate in your marriage?
Do something different! That’s the easiest way to make dates feel like something special and exciting. But we get it – thinking of date ideas is like adding one more task to that list of things you have to do to make it happen. Good news! We’ve got 25 date ideas for you – conveniently categorized into five different types to try!
are like a measuring stick that we hold our reality up against. If they’re too
high, you’re going to feel pretty disappointed in the state of things. Too low,
and you might be settling for less than you should.
context of relationships, expectations play a huge role in how happy and
satisfied you feel. But the process of learning how to manage them in a healthy
way can come with its own set of growing pains. Why? What makes it so hard?
Well, one reason is that oftentimes we don’t even realize we have them, or if
we do, we don’t understand where they came from.
Relationships are a two-way street. We strive to make our partner happy and be someone they can rely on, and in turn we hope they’ll do the same for us. But that doesn’t mean that our happiness in the relationship is completely out of our hands. In fact, there are things we can do individually – today – to give our relationship satisfaction a boost.
get annoyed with our partner from time to time. It’s inevitable. Sometimes it’s
the little day-to-day things – their habits, quirks, or moments of
forgetfulness. The laundry that they’ve tossed on the floor, not filling up the
car with gas despite there being only a smidge left, leaving the carton of milk
out on the counter. Or maybe it’s the repetitive habits like cracking knuckles,
smacking gum, or clicking of a pen when they’re making the grocery list or
working on paying the bills.
there are the bigger things that usually don’t happen all that often, but that
really annoy us to the point of questioning our partner’s intentions. Things
like double-scheduling an event on a day they knew we had other plans, or not
doing a task we specifically asked them to do. We wonder how they could be so
inconsiderate, instead of seeing it as an innocent mistake.
way, we get annoyed. But what we do with that annoyed feeling, how we deal with
it, makes all the difference in the impact on your relationship in the long
term. Annoyance can go unaddressed and turn into frustration and resentment, or
you can tackle it head on and resolve it before those insidious emotions take