5 Steps To Build Trust In A Relationship

"Trust is one of the most important things in a relationship. It won't work, if you don't trust each other." “I trust you" is better than "I love you" because you may not always trust the person you love but you can always love the person you trust."

1) Be honest with yourself

To be honest with your partner, you must first be honest with yourself. Indeed, it is essential that you formulate your own opinions clearly, particularly your stance on relationships in general – what are your standpoints on marriage and children? Be clear in your mind of your own relationship goals.

2) Actions speak louder than words

When you’ve been in a relationship for a significant amount of time, certain words tend to lose their meaning. A typical example is the phrase ‘I love you.’ At the start of a relationship during the honeymoon period, telling your partner you love them is deeply meaningful, but unfortunately it loses its intensity when regularly expressed. Arguably it can become more of a mechanical term, almost part of your routine and subsequently lacking its original meaning.

3) Don’t be afraid to show your vulnerability

Being honest with your partner may sound obvious but many people are mistaken about what this actually entails. When faced with the word, many assume this equates to being critical of one another. But there is much more to it than that. Being truly honest with your partner involves being consistent with your own feelings and not being afraid to show your vulnerability.

4) Accept criticism

While it’s important for you to be honest with your partner, equally, you must also be willing to accept their honesty. Indeed, in a relationship, it is imperative to consider your partner’s perspective. While it can be difficult to receive criticism, the best thing you can do is try not to become defensive and instead listen to what your partner has to say.

5) Maintain your independence in your relationship

The temptation to spend all your time together as a couple when you’re in love is understandable but it will actually benefit your relationship to retain your independence. You don’t need to be inseparable to feel close to someone.

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