There are lots of risks that you take in life, from big, life-changing risks to smaller, day-to-day gambles. Sometimes you have to sort of go it alone on the risk-taking front, but when you're sharing your life with a partner or family, the risks you choose to take or stay far away from can affect everyone, not just you. So how can you make sure that the risks you're taking are not only smart and made mindfully, but also are beneficial for you and your partner? There are some calculated risks you and your partner can take together to strengthen your relationship, bring the two of you closer together, and inject a little energy into your relationship as well.
"When you take a risk you are letting your partner know that you trust them and that they are ‘your person’, you are turning towards them not away from them (this an aspect of relationships that research shows is an indicator of strength and longevity), you are building intimacy through shared unique experience, you are building your own self-esteem by taking a risk, and high self esteem is directly correlated to better partnership," Tracy K. Ross, LCSW, a couples therapist and relationship expert, tells Romper in an email exchange. Risks have the power to make things better, even if it doesn't always seem likely that they will. While taking a risk might not be able to perform any kind of miracle or completely save a relationship, trusting each other enough to take risks together certainly can make it stronger.