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You often hear about respect and honesty and while these things are very important, there is some more unconventional relationship advice that can help to improve your bond. Remember that just because something is a traditional belief, it does not mean that it is right for all couples. There are times when you need to go against the grain and abandon what you know to build a relationship that will last. Experts agree that these uncommon bits of advice actually do work as long as couples are using them in the right scenarios.
Do Not Worry About Resolving All of Your Conflicts
When you are with someone for long enough, it is inevitable that conflicts are going to arise and this is not always a bad thing. Some conflicts help couples to better strengthen what they have by working through their differences. Now, some conflicts are often better off just not being addressed. Of course, you want to tackle the major issues, but when it comes to the small things, it is best to just let it go and move on without spending time trying to come to an agreement or resolution.
This will give you more time to work on the conflicts that the two of you really do need to take the time to solve. Overall, this works as a type of time management technique so that you are putting more of your focus on the problems that actually do need to be discussed and solved.
Honesty is the Best Policy
You know about the stereotype where men always tell their ladies that they look great. Well, there is no need to do this. Be honest with her and let her know that those boots are not working with that dress. While this may not go over well initially, over time, the lady in your life will appreciate that you are perfectly honest about everything. The same goes for women as they too should be honest about how their men look. Remember that no matter the situation, if you are honest, you know that the two of you can be honest about anything.
It is Okay to Be Honest When Another Person is Attractive
Even though you love your partner, it is perfectly normal to find other people attractive and talk to your partner about it. This is just part of being human and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Simply noticing a pretty woman or a handsome guy is not anything to worry about. As long as you are faithful to your partner and you two have mutual respect and trust, the occasional glance at a stranger is not going to harm your bond. In fact, being open and honest about these things will help to improve your relationship.
Spend Time Away from Each Other
A fun girl’s or guy’s weekend with friends and away from your partner is a good thing. Now, this does not mean that you should do it every weekend. But a few times a year is a good thing and partners who have their own friends and interests are more likely to have a strong relationship. Plan your time with friends in advance and make sure that your partner knows about it. You also should never give up favorite hobbies or activities because you still have your own life even if the two of you are living together and together long-term.
Always Accept Your Partner’s Flaws
Remember that no one is perfect and everyone has their own flaws and shortcomings. If you focus on trying to fix these in your partner, it will cause problems in your relationship. If the flaws are harming your relationship, this is something that the two of you should openly discuss. However, remember that it is impossible to force someone to change, so while you can have a conversation, you cannot make them make the necessary changes.
Since this is not your mom’s relationship advice, make sure that it actually fits into your relationship. Keep in mind that relationship advice is never going to be one-size-fits-all and what works well for one couple may not necessarily benefit the next. Just take a little time to evaluate your relationship and what you two are doing right now to see what is working and what is not. Then, think about this more unconventional advice and see where it may fit in to help strengthen your bond and make your relationship even stronger.