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Successful Relationships

The success of any relationship depends entirely upon a couple’s ability to weather through inevitable life transitions.

Problems in a relationship can range from the relatively benign flaws in communication to serious pain and trust violations due to such acts as infidelity.

Outlined below are several characteristics of successful relationships.

These qualities are integral parts of a healthy relationship foundation, and if you have them in place, your chances for a strong, lasting relationship are far increased.


Couples who have a strong friendship have staying power. They not only love each other but genuinely like each other as people and enjoy spending time together.


Those who are able to openly express their feelings in an emotionally safe environment typically deal with situations as they come up and avoid burying frustrations which always have a way of coming out at some point.


Partners who can make each other laugh tend to be good at de-escalating conflicts when they do arise.


Happy couples can find easy ways to say “I love you” without the words. These moments can be invaluable, especially in the throes of a chaotic lifestyle. Whether it’s a hug, kiss, tussle of the hair, or sitting on laps, these acts of affection keep couples connected when life gets crazy.

Chore Sharing

Those who divide household or parenting responsibilities in a way that is mutually agreed upon are less likely to harbor resentments about what they perceive as unfair.

Sexual Intimacy

Partners who have their sexual needs met feel taken care of by the other. Some couples are highly active, while others are content with far less sexual intimacy. There is no right or wrong amount of lovemaking. Negotiation and understanding, however, is needed to make sure no one feels neglected.

A Relationship Vision

Couples who have created a “relationship vision” for themselves know where they’re going and where they’ll be in 10, 20, or 30 years, because they’ve planned it together. They experience great joy out of seeing the big picture of their relationship and reaching for their goals as a team.

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