Successful relationships aren’t just about rainbows and butterflies — a healthy partnership requires communication, respect, and plenty of good habits from both people. The following bad habits could make a great relationship take a turn for the worst:
1. Trying to improve him or her
There’s no such thing as a perfect person, so don’t expect unrealistic changes. Reminding him or her to make the bed is one thing, but trying to radically change shyness or anxiety is another.
2. Finding faults with the family
The parents may be harder to handle than your significant other. But even if there’s some clashing of heads, don’t focus on the family’s faults.
3. Engaging in constant PDA
Getting it on in public can not only make bystanders uncomfortable, it may also compensate for a lack of real communication. Stick to hand-holding and quick kisses, and save the rest for the bedroom.
4. Fighting in public
As if PDA weren’t bad enough. Arguing in public can embarrass the couple and make everyone around feel awkward, too. Talk it out in private, please.
5. Avoiding fighting
Love isn’t all good, all the time. Disagreements are bound to happen, and arguments can be a healthy part of a relationship. Never having conflict may make compromise impossible.
6. Not talking it out
Avoiding conflict can be just as bad so if something is wrong, speak up because expressing emotions – positive and negative – can benefit your bond. One study suggests couples are less stressed when they talk out their issues than when they keep their feelings bottled up.
7. Forgetting to forgive
People make mistakes, and holding on to grudges may not only hurt a relationship — it could also cause unwanted stress and anxiety. Sympathy may be easier to give if we realise it will benefit our relationships.
8. Keeping score
Relationships should be about give and take, but don’t keep track of every little detail (For example: I paid for the last six dinners, and you only paid for five!). It can cause unnecessary tension.
9. Being melodramatic
No relationship is perfect. So don’t create unnecessary drama in every scenario. If your spouse forgets to take out the garbage, there’s no need for a scene. Take a few breaths and address the problem calmly.
10. Doing everything together
Everyone needs some alone time (Yup! Even hopelessly devoted couples) and solitude is thought to even enhance relationships, making time together more valuable. So, don’t be afraid to spend some time solo.