When you've been with the same person for an extended amount of time, things can tend to get repetitive. You have the same date nights, the same conversation topics, even the same arguments. And frankly, it can get a little bit boring. If you let it. Being in a long term relationship, no matter how long you've been at it, isn't easy. But as you grow together, you learn a few things that help long term relationships thrive.
Whether you're married or in a committed relationship, it's vital to your relationship's health that you don't grow complacent. Life throws unexpected curve balls — money, children, jobs, in-laws, just to name a few — that can take a toll on you two. Complacency might just be the biggest enemy to a healthy relationship. But luckily, it's totally fight-able, and worth the energy. And believe it or not, the things that make long term relationships awesome are surprisingly simple.
I've learned the value of making my spouse feel respected, loved and heard- and the value of him doing the same for me. When you have a solid foundation built on these little things, it sets you up for long term success, no matter what life throws your way.