Relationship Minute: Changing Goals Into Habits

So, how has that New Year’s resolution to improve your relationship turned out? After six months, do you see any change in how you and your partner interact with each other?

By summer, most resolutions are long forgotten because good intentions must be backed up with daily focused habits. If your goal was to have a better relationship in 2021, there’s still time to turn things around. It starts with the seemingly ordinary actions towards your partner that you do every day.  

Think simple. Make a habit of sending each other love notes via text when you’re apart. Tell your partner a joke that makes them laugh. Make sure your grocery list includes that one tiny indulgence that they love. Propose trying a fun new activity together.

Dr. John Gottman says, “Successful long-term relationships are created through small words, small gestures, and small acts.” Every day you can do a little and make a big difference in your partnership.

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Relationship Minute: Changing Goals into Habits

Most new year’s resolutions fail because good intentions must be backed up with daily focused habits. If your goal is to have a better relationship in 2021, it starts with the seemingly ordinary actions towards your partner that you do every day.

Think simple. Make a habit of sending each other love notes via text when you’re apart. Clean after dinner, especially if your partner was the one who cooked. Always make sure your grocery list includes that one tiny indulgence that they love. And if you’re not sure, commit to routinely asking your partner, “What can I do for you today?”

Dr. John Gottman says, “Successful long-term relationships are created through small words, small gestures, and small acts.” Every day you can do a little and make a big difference in your partnership.

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The Relationship Minute is from The Gottman Institute. You can sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning. 

Relationship Minute: Give Your Partnership a New Start

The close of 2020 hopefully brings some relief as this year had seemingly endless challenges.

As you contemplate the new year and make plans for a fresh start, consider adding your relationship to your resolution list. How do you want to grow as a couple in 2021? Where do you want to see yourselves at this time next year?

You and your partner deserve a fresh start. It’s a chance to put away the old ways and routines and embrace a new way of loving one another. So, when the clock strikes midnight and the world rolls into a new year, give your relationship a new start as well. Commit to communicate better and learn more about each other. Resolve to be intentional about your partnership every day. This could be the beginning of something beautiful.

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The Relationship Minute is from The Gottman Institute. You can sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.