It’s the Little Things: Simple Gestures to Improve Any Relationship
Relationships are hard work. Successful relationships are built up over time, from a million little actions which prove you are trustworthy and reliable.
Some things move a relationship forward, other things knock it backwards several steps, and still other things can derail a relationship completely.
Thankfully, it doesn’t take a lot of work or effort to improve a relationship with a few simple acts of kindness.
Acts of Kindness That Aren’t So Random
Say “Please” – Common courtesy isn’t so common anymore. Though we might think tone of voice conveys an appropriate amount of graciousness, but the fact is, failing to say “please” makes a request sound more like a command. No one likes to be bossed around, especially a loved one who may feel constantly put upon without appreciation.
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And “Thank You” – Just as saying “please” has fallen by the wayside, the same can be said for “thank you”. Failing to show appreciation can make someone feel more like a lackey and less like a beloved partner. It’s amazing how quickly a relationship can return to solid ground with just a little genuine gratitude.
Seek His Opinion – Your man, believe it or not, is chock full of great and original ideas, and he’s just waiting for the opportunity to share them with you. Rather than constantly holding the reigns and driving every decision that takes place in the relationship, ask your guy for his opinion once in a while, then be genuinely supportive of his choice. Men love to feel needed, it reinforces their masculinity.
Be Affectionate – We humans are social creatures, we need physical contact in to feel secure and cared for. An unexpected hug, a lingering kiss, and an affectionate squeeze go a long way towards reinforcing the love that exists in your relationship.
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Whether your relationship is brand new, or if your long-term relationship has gone off track, it’s important to remain patient as you put these small gestures into practice. It’s human nature to want to guard your heart, being vulnerable to another person is an invitation for discomfort, but it doesn’t have to be stressful.
See this exercise as an opportunity to grow and enjoy more affectionate, intimate relationships in the future. Not just with your significant other, but with friends, family and co-workers as well. Treat every person as someone worthy of compassion and love, and you will enjoy the same in return.