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The 10 secrets of a happy relationship

The 10 secrets of a happy relationship


Written by Katie Byrne


Every couple has their off-days - so here's how to keep things happily-ever-after once the big day is over

#1 Get your sync on

Studies have shown that couples who go to bed (and get up) at the same time are more likely to feel happier and more secure within their relationship. Set a joint alarm, hop under the covers and cuddle up, people - not only will you feel the benefits of a good night's sleep but you'll also feel more unified, too. Which can only be a good thing!

#2 Listen to each other

Pay attention to what your partner is saying; be as good a listener to them as you'd like them to be for you. If you find yourself zoning out or unable to concentrate, train yourself to focus on hearing every single word they say. It's a great skill to have.

#3 Make time for dates

No matter how busy you are, schedule one evening a week for some serious 'you' time, whether it's dinner at your favourite restaurant, a starry-lit walk, a night at the cinema...

#4 Don't hold anything back

Stressing about work? Fallen out with a close friend? Feeling unhappy with the mould in the bathroom? The best couples have each other's backs at all time - so confide in your partner about what's bugging you and they might just be able to help. Or at the very least, make you sympathy tea.

#5 Don't compare yourselves to other couples

Much like your fingerprint is unique, so is your relationship. There's no other couple out there quite like you and your partner - so don't be tempted to compare your lives together to those of other couples you know.

#6 Accept that whilst you are a couple, you're not the same person

You won't always agree on everything; there will be times when you have totally opposing opinions and hate each other for it. Get over it. You might be married but you're still both very much your own people.

#7 Say 'I love you'

Those three little words can make all the difference - and you can never say it too often. Text it, tweet it and don't forget to actually SAY it, too.

#8 Argue!

If your partner has done something to irritate or upset you, let them know. Don't bottle it up: be honest about how you feel. However, avoid going to bed without resolving it; will you still be angry about it in the morning? If the answer is 'no', it's probably not worth dragging out the argument for. Be the bigger person and forget about it.

#9 Make time to hug

There's no better way to start - or end - the day than with a cuddle. The hug is a simple but globally understood method of communication so powerful that it doesn't need words. Making time for intimacy, no matter how big or small the gesture is, is vital to a happy relationship.

#10 Share hobbies

Whether it's a passion you already share or a new interest that you learn together, make sure that you have some commonground when it comes to your past times. And no, sending each other Farmville requests doesn't count. 


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