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8 Ways We Keep Our Relationship Strong



As our careers grew, we found ourselves struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance. We knew that our relationship needed to be a priority, so we made a conscious effort to prioritize certain aspects of our relationship. In this blog post, we want to share with you some of the key pillars of our relationship that have helped us maintain a strong and healthy connection.


Conversations that Connect: Using Couples Workbooks to Enhance Communication

Communication is the lifeline of any relationship. It's how we express our love, share our fears, and navigate through the maze of misunderstandings. One way we've discovered to foster healthy communication is through couples workbooks.


These workbooks, like "The Couples Communication Workbook" by David Burns, are full of exercises designed to improve the way we talk to each other. They help us open up about our feelings, actively listen to each other, and respectfully navigate disagreements.


By working through these exercises together, we've found a safe space to express ourselves, fostering mutual understanding and respect.


Intimacy Unveiled: Deepening our Bond with Couples Workbooks

Intimacy is more than just physical closeness. It's about emotional connection, understanding, and a deep sense of trust. Nurturing this kind of intimacy requires effort and a willingness to explore each other's emotional landscapes.


Couples workbooks that focus on intimacy, such as "The Couples Intimacy Workbook" by Kevin Leman, have been an invaluable resource in our journey. These workbooks offer exercises that help us understand each other's needs, desires, and fears on a deeper level. The exercises have also provided us with tools to strengthen our emotional bond and cultivate a sense of security within our relationship.


Fun and Games: Strengthening Our Relationship Through Play

One of the secrets to our strong relationship? We don't forget to have fun together! Playing games at home has been a fantastic way for us to connect, relax, and inject some light-heartedness into our routine.


Board games are a classic choice. Whether it's the strategic rivalry of chess or the cooperative challenge of Pandemic, these games foster teamwork, strategic thinking, and friendly competition.


But we don't stop at board games. We also love to play relationship games that promote deeper understanding and communication. For instance, the "36 Questions" game, based on the study by psychologist Arthur Aron, is a favorite. It involves asking each other 36 questions designed to foster intimacy and understanding. It's a simple yet powerful way to learn more about each other.


More Ingredients in Our Love Recipe

While workbooks and games form a significant part of our relationship strengthening strategy, we also rely on these additional ingredients:


Patience and Understanding

We're two different individuals with unique perspectives. Sometimes, these perspectives clash. In such times, we've learned to exercise patience and strive to understand each other's viewpoints rather than insisting on our own.


Quality Time

Whether it's cooking together, going for walks, or just cuddling on the couch, we make it a point to spend quality time together. These shared moments create a reservoir of happy memories that strengthen our bond.


Mutual Respect

We respect each other's individuality, dreams, and boundaries. This respect is the foundation on which our love and trust continue to grow.


Openness to Growth

We understand that we're both works in progress. We're open to learning, growing, and evolving together. This openness ensures that our relationship never becomes stagnant.


Date Nights

One of the first things we implemented was regular date nights. It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind, but setting aside time to focus on each other has been crucial to keeping the spark alive. We alternate between going out for dinner, cooking a meal together, or having a movie night at home. It's not about spending a lot of money or doing anything extravagant; it's about spending quality time together and enjoying each other's company.


Communication

Communication has also been key to our relationship. We make a conscious effort to listen to each other and express our needs and feelings honestly. We've found that talking things out and understanding each other's perspective has helped us avoid unnecessary conflicts and strengthen our connection.


Gratitude

Expressing gratitude for each other is something we make a conscious effort to do regularly. Whether it's through a small gesture or kind words, it's important to let each other know that we appreciate and value one another.


Friendship

Finally, we value each other as friends and companions. We enjoy each other's company and have fun together, whether it's dancing in the living room or taking silly photos.


In conclusion, maintaining a strong relationship is an ongoing journey, not a destination. It requires communication, intimacy, shared fun, and a whole lot of love. While the ingredients in our love recipe work wonderfully for us, every relationship is unique. Feel free to explore, experiment, and discover your own recipe for a resilient relationship. Happy loving!

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