10 Secrets of Happy Couples

by Atika Lim
LIFESTYLE  |  December 05, 2017
  • They talk and interact more
    1 / 10 They talk and interact more

    Plenty of times, we get passive aggressive instead of being honest about what we want, but doing so encourages resentment and fogs communication lines.

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  • They cultivate positive interactions
    2 / 10 They cultivate positive interactions

    Whether it’s a compliment, a hug or even a simple Whatsapp message to ask how his day’s been, a small but positive interaction with your partner always helps him feel happier. Wouldn’t it brighten your day too if someone showed that they cared? 

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  • They share experiences
    3 / 10 They share experiences

    Some couples love to travel together, others love trying out new restaurants together. Whichever the case, shared experiences help to strengthen the bonds between couples and let them build memories together.

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  • They are friends too
    4 / 10 They are friends too

    Beyond the love, sexual intimacy and other perks of being in a relationship, couples who are happy also have a solid friendship. They are each other’s best friend.

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  • They bring out the best in each other
    5 / 10 They bring out the best in each other

    Also known as the Michelangelo Effect, couples who are happy in their relationships tend to bring out the best in each other. Bring out the best in each other by encouraging success and acknowledging accomplishments.

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  • They diffuse tension when fighting
    6 / 10 They diffuse tension when fighting

    Whenever an argument happens, ask yourself if it’s really worth winning the argument at the expense of your relationship. 

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  • They make time for each other
    7 / 10 They make time for each other

    We all have busy schedules but the happiest of couples always find ways to spend time together. Remember that small gestures go a long way and a relationship is a work in progress.

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  • They are realistic with expectations
    8 / 10 They are realistic with expectations

    Not every relationship is like a fairy tale and coming to expect the problems that come with a relationship makes it easier to cope when these problems do arise. That said, always communicate and be honest with one another.

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  • They show appreciation for their partners
    9 / 10 They show appreciation for their partners

    Human beings need to be reminded that they are loved, appreciated and cared for. Once in a while, make it a point to tell your partner how much you care, love and appreciate them. Trust us, it’ll make their day.

    (Also Read: Singapore to Spend Quality Time With Your Other Half)

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  • They never stop working for the relationship
    10 / 10 They never stop working for the relationship

    As mentioned before, relationships are a work in progress. Just like any relationship, it takes two to clap and with efforts by both parties to sustain and maintain a loving bond, there’s hardly any reason that your relationship could go south.

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    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. The go-to, trusted magazine for the latest news and information in areas that matter most to the professional working woman, The Singapore Women’s Weekly is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.WomensWeekly.com.sg for more.

     

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