Expressing gratitude is healthy for your physical health and for your relationship health as well! Studies have found that expressing gratitude in a relationship adds a small boost of wanting to hold onto the relationship, therefore leading to working to maintain the relationship’s happiness. It makes sense that if you feel appreciated and you appreciate your partner that you will both want to continue to express your gratitude towards each other.
When we are consistent, that means that you are dependable and predictable. In relationships, when you are consistent with your behaviors, you evoke a sense of trustworthiness among your friends, family, and partner.
In my work with couples, I have seen two different sides, couples who want to learn how to maintain their trust and commitment to one another and couples who have experienced their trust to be broken or violated. For both sets, it begins with a conversation of what trust means to the couple and to their relationship.
Part of fighting fair and with respect is also knowing when you need to agree to disagree. Some disagreements will not have a solution, mainly due to you and your partner being two individual people and having your own beliefs. Know that this is okay and totally normal!!
You have learned the importance of recognizing your emotional triggers and finding healthy ways to manage these during a “timeout.” But who is supposed to initiate the conversation after the time out? What do you do when you come back to the conversation with your partner in order to solve the issue? And what happens if things get heated again?
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