Relationships of any kind affect our emotional health. The ability to give and take, and just lighten-up makes it easier for each person to overlook the characteristics they may find somewhat unappealing.
Relationships are not easy, they take work and all relationships require respect for one an other. At LWT we recognize the importance of every relationship in life. We wear many hats and have many identities – spouse/partner, mother/father, daughter/son, sister/brother, employer/boss, coworker/colleague, and so on. We don’t always see things the same; perceive things the same; or respond or react in the same way. Masculine and feminine qualities differ and females for the most part are more sensitive creatures. Life is forever changing. We don’t think the same as we did five years prior. Experiences change us. Is it any wonder we have relationship issues? The biggest key is communication – and it takes two to communicate!
This page will host a variety of posts. The post may be a story, offer advice, or address a specific area of a relationship. On occasion we may elect to post a supportive submission from one of our members. Posts will be archived for a period of time.
You will gain a great deal of information that will help you to have better relationships in your life!
I Want to Hear Their Voice
It’s true relationships are all about communication. My pet peeve is about adult children and the Internet.
With internet and email things have changed, and not for the better in some cases. Yes, we have social media but most people want to ‘hear’ their children’s voice not read their conversation no matter what age their children are. There is no question phone is better than email, and if possible in-person is better than the phone.
Even if it’s just a short phone call or visit, it is welcomed and enjoyed much more. When differences arise both parties need to respect the other. Each is entitled to an opinion, however if the opinion is hurtful, it is often better left unsaid. And it’s always easy to agree to disagree before a conversation becomes heated. And that’s OK.
5 Habits to Achieve a Successful Relationship
It is important to be mindful of habits that contribute to a relationships’ success. Certain habits play a significant role in any relationship, and forming the right ones is key to long-term success.
Both people in the relationship need to be proactive in their individual roles in order to form deeper, more intimate bonds. Virtually anyone can enjoy a stronger fulfilling relationship. Here is a look at the major habits shared by successful couples.
1) Communication is Key
Everyone seems to have such busy schedules and have difficulty finding time to converse at length, plan their future together, revisit their individual and combined dreams and goals. It is paramount to set aside time to discuss concerns, feelings, needs and wants, or anything that may be affecting your relationship. Support each other. Agree on how to overcome obstacles and resolve issues. When faced with differences of opinion learn to agree to disagree.
2) Demonstrate Love and Appreciation for Your Partner
Expressions of love are a vital ingredient to any successful relationship. Making your partner’s coffee in the morning, remembering to say “I love you” every so often, running an errand for them even when you don’t feel like it, doing the little things, picking up after yourself, and actively listen to your partner will make a huge difference to strengthen your relationship. It is important to make your partner know they loved are appreciated.
3) Spend Quality Time Together
Over time relationship can get stale, mundane, boring and even lonely. Make a point to connect with your partner more personally on a regular basis. Go for a walk together, sit and chat about good times, memories and future times together. Have a date night! Rekindle the spark and play together.
4) Respect in All Things
For long-lasting relationships, mutual respect is a necessity. Even if you disagree with your partner or others, it is how you voice your disagreement that makes a difference. It can take effort to always be respectful. Avoid at all costs humiliating, or hurting your partner’s or others feelings or belittling them at any time.
5) Keeping the Fire Burning
Making small romantic gestures, such as cooking dinner, eating with candlelight, bringing your partner a single rose, kiss, snuggle, make love are all the right ingredients to creating and maintaining a strong physical bond. When it seems the fire may be dying, trigger a spark.
In closing: Relationships take work yet this work pays off big time!