Despite what Disney and rom-coms might have us believe. relationships — even great relationships — take a lot of work. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few ways to improve your relationship almost instantly that will help make your connection with your partner stronger and more functional. Seriously, sometimes it’s the small changes that can make the biggest difference.
I’ve always felt like romantic relationships are the ultimate paradox: when they’re great, they’re really great, but when they’re bad, they’re awful. Nothing can make you feel as good as when you’re in a loving partnership, and yet nothing can feel as isolating as when you feel disconnected from your partner.
And I’ve found it doesn’t necessarily take a big dramatic fight to feel disconnected or off-balance. Sometimes it’s as simple as the way you greet each other when you come home each day, or the amount of time (or lack there of) you spend communicating throughout the day.
The good news is, there are absolutely small things you can do every day that will reap big rewards when it comes to a healthy partnership. If you’re hoping to improve your relationship, here are 11 tips that should help.