25 Relationship Hacks To Make Yours Run More Smoothly

Respect Yourself

Respect Yourself

Because if you don't then how do you expect them to?

Compromise

Compromise

While you need to respect yourself enough to maintain who you are, you also need to tread that fine line and make the occasional sacrifice or compromise.

Know There Will Be Bad Times

Know There Will Be Bad Times

You can't expect that it will all be rosy and perfect. There will be bad times. Accept that and you will get through them.

It's Not A Competition

It's Not A Competition

So don't keep score, and always remember that you're supposed to be a team.

Keep Others Out

Keep Others Out

You might have a close family or a bunch of close friends, but they really shouldn't get too involved. It's the opinions and feelings of the two of you that really matter.

Don't Forget Who You Are

Don't Forget Who You Are

You were someone before you met this person. Don't forget yourself.

Do Nice Things For Each Other

Do Nice Things For Each Other

This is something that we do at the start but then seem to forget about somewhere along the path. If you can't do nice things for the person you've chosen to be with, then what's the point in doing anything?

Keep Past Relationships In The Past

Keep Past Relationships In The Past

Yes, you are who you are because of where you've been and what you've done, but that doesn't mean that you really need to drag all that baggage with you. Don't judge this relationship on past ones, is the point.

Sex Is Not A Weapon

Sex Is Not A Weapon

You can use it as a tool but then it's no longer the connection between two lovers; it's a weapon that will ruin the love.

Go On Dates

Go On Dates

Don't get so busy and take things for granted to the point where you've stopped doing things together. That's the whole reason why you got together in the first place, right?

He/She Isn't Responsible For Your Feelings

He/She Isn't Responsible For Your Feelings

Your happiness is within. You can't place your whole life's happiness in them. They will certainly add to your happiness but they should not be the source of it.

Don't Be Responsible For Their Happiness

Don't Be Responsible For Their Happiness

For the same reason except the roles are reversed.

Give Them Compliments

Give Them Compliments

It's nice to have a bit of affirmation here and there, especially from the person you trust the most.

Be Honest

Be Honest

We shouldn't have to do too much explaining as to why this is important, however, it is an easy one to forget at times. If you're going to be honest with anyone, make sure that the first person (besides yourself) is your partner.

Boys' Night/Girls' Night

Boys' Night/Girls' Night

You can't spend every waking hour in each others pockets. Sometimes, spending a few hours with your friends is the best thing for a relationship. Also, it's important not to make him or her feel guilty for wanting to do that.

Partners Not Parents

Partners Not Parents

Obviously, there's a huge difference, however, sometimes the lines seem to get a little blurred. It's great to be concerned for his or her choices and wellbeing, but they don't need a new mom or dad.

People Rarely Change

People Rarely Change

Don't expect someone to become something different from the person you met. Sure, they will grow and hopefully do that with you, but don't expect them to become the person you want them to be. If you find yourself wishing that, perhaps you need somebody else.

What Are You Expecting?

What Are You Expecting?

It's a good idea to either a) verbalize your expectations, or perhaps even better, b) ditch them altogether. Don't drop hints. Say it or lose it.

Trust

Trust

This is such a big feature whenever you're talking about relationships that it is almost a cliche we overlook. But it's there for a reason. If you don't have trust and don't know how to build it then you simply don't have a chance at a healthy relationship. Be honest be there for them and the rest should fall in to place.

Have Fun Together

Have Fun Together

This could be easier said than done if you've been together for a while but it's important to remember why you hooked up in the first place. You used to have fun together and make each other laugh. Do more of that. It's happiness we're all chasing, right?

Don't Take Them For Granted

Don't Take Them For Granted

If they make your life better, remember that and show them that you notice.

Support Each Other

Support Each Other

Each of you have goals and things that are important in life. Show up for one another and help the other achieve what they want from life, even if it's just through talk and moral support. That's what a partnership is for.

Don't Put Them Down

Don't Put Them Down

You might not even realize that you're doing it. But this goes along with who we expect our partners to be. If you expect anything more than a human who makes mistakes, then you're going to be disappointed. It's totally unfair to belittle them for being who they are.

Respect

Respect

Because if you don't have respect then you don't have anything.

Communication Is Key

Communication Is Key

Does that sound like a bit of a cliche too? Perhaps it is but they exist for a reason. If you don't communicate effectively with your partner then you'll slip away from each other and, at some point, they won't be your partner anymore.