If only we had a cheat sheet with solutions to difficult problems, life would be a lot easier. In life, there are rules that you should follow and rules that you shouldn’t. Here is a list of the top relationship rules you should never break.
1. Never ignore your partner
Don’t avoid speaking with your significant other. This is a surefire way to drive them away for good. There’s nothing more frustrating than knowing you should be talking something out, but instead the subject is being ignored.
2. Do not disrespect one another in front of others or at home
In order for a relationship to survive, each partner must treat one another with respect. This is a two-way street that should be traveled every day. If you don’t already, it’s time to stop talking badly about your partner or putting them down in front of others. Disrespecting your significant other at home will only make matters worse and create tension between the two of you.
3. Never say “I love you” unless you mean it
This might sound obvious, but there is no greater way to hurt someone than telling them that they are loved if it is not true. This will only result in a false sense of security and pain for the other person. True love takes time to develop, so don’t say “I love you” if you don’t mean it.
4. If you are loved, you will feel that love
It is important to know that you are loved because if you feel the love, it will be much easier for your partner to express themselves. If you don’t feel loved, you should talk to your partner about how they might show their love more often. Make sure that your partner shows their love through actions and not words so that it will be easier to feel.
5. Never keep your problems a secret
At the end of the day, no relationship will work if partners don’t communicate with one another. If you are struggling with something serious, talk it out with your significant other to ensure that each of you is on the same page regarding issues at home and in life.
6. Don’t take your partner for granted
Even if you are used to spending time with each other, don’t stop putting in effort. Always show appreciation for the relationship that you have, and never let someone forget what they mean to you. If you take your partner for granted or misplace their importance in your life, it will be easy for him or her to feel neglected.
7. Never fight dirty
When it comes to resolving a conflict, there’s always that one person who throws in a quick jab as opposed to addressing the problem. Never resort to fighting dirty if you want your relationship to have a future. Fighting dirty is just an easy way out of conflicts and will result in more problems than solutions. Be constructive, not destructive when it comes to resolving conflicts in your relationship.
8. Never break up with someone over text message, email, or Facebook
Breakups are hard enough as they are without having to do them over a text message, email, or social media network. Avoid this by refusing to end a relationship over technology. This is something you should do in person to avoid hurting your partner’s feelings or having second thoughts about ending the relationship at all.
9. Do not expect your partner to be perfect
No one is perfect and expecting perfection from a significant other can easily lead to disappointment and hurt feelings over time. Expectations that are too high will never be met which will only result in fighting.
10. Never allow infidelity to become a pattern
It’s hard to know when it’s too late, but if you are the one being cheated on over and over again, it is time to re-evaluate your relationship. Cheating can quickly become a serious problem that won’t go away on its own, so avoid falling into the trap of infidelity at all costs.
11. Always try to make up after a fight
Fights are inevitable and even the strongest relationships will see their fair share of disagreements over time. Treat your relationship more important than just saying that you’re sorry because it takes two people to fight and two people to make up. It is important to always apologize and work on making the relationship better by addressing the problem that caused a fight in the first place.
12. Never use sex as a weapon
Even if your significant other said something hurtful, never retaliate with their love of physical intimacy to get back at them for something they did wrong. This is the easiest way to hurt someone emotionally while making it difficult for them to become sexually attracted again. Sex should never be used as a weapon in your relationship
The rules of a relationship are not always black and white. Sometimes, they can be gray areas that have different meanings for each person involved in the relationship. However, there are some relationships where it is absolutely necessary to follow certain guidelines or else you will risk ruining your love life forever.