5 Golden Rules To Make Your Relationship Last
How to make your (budding) affair endure past your stereotypical, ephemeral encounter.
#2: Be openly supportive
Your significant other should be able to count on you to supply a steady stream of sympathy and comfort. It’s extremely important that he can trust you to have his back (and vice versa), especially when times get rough. My boyfriend, for instance, is currently a cadet in the fire academy and, needless to say, I don’t get to see him too often. Instead of getting annoyed that we now rarely get to spend time together (and at the fact that even when we do, he’s sometimes too tired to do much of anything), I try to show my support and understanding by doing thoughtful little acts to help alleviate his woes, such as stopping by his place occasionally to tidy up before he gets home.
It’s important that your man knows you have his back no matter what, so make a continuous effort to show that you do (and — of course — make sure he does the same for you!)
#3: Be thoughtful and creative
Yes, you can shower your darling with wonderful store-bought goodies, but where’s the fun in that? Spice it up with something that requires more than a swipe of a credit card and a quickly scrawled name.
Are you perhaps an aspiring chef, or a musician-in-the-making? Put a twist on your man’s favorite dish, or write and perform a song for him! (I happen to be a super sentimental, arts-and-crafts enthusiast, which means every guy I’ve ever dated has received a slew of one-of-a-kind, handmade cards and scrapbooks to celebrate every accomplishment and occasion.)
Even if you’re not the artsy type, there are a myriad of methods you can use to show your beau love and support; just play to your strengths, and combine them with what you know your guy will enjoy and appreciate. If you still have trouble, here’s a tip: draw inspiration from his greatest goal in life by just doing whatever you can to help bring him closer to achieving it.
Still can’t think of anything? Here are a few suggestions.