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When it comes to relationships, if you aren’t both contributing it is not going to work. Both parties have to put in the effort to make things last.

Many couples in current times don’t really pay as much attention to the needs of their partner as they should. If you want your relationship to last as long as it possibly can the things below need to happen if they are not already. You will be surprised how much of a mood booster some of these truly can be.

13 Things All Couples Need to Do To Ensure Their Relationships Last A Long Time

1. Pay attention to each other.

Don’t ignore one another. Really pay attention to your partner; no one is perfect, but you need to get to know one another.

2. Never stop flirting with one another.

Keep him or her on their toes. Flirt with them every day. This is a fun way to make your partner know you are noticing them.

3. Let your guard down.

When you have found someone leaving your guard up only causes problems. For your relationship to flourish you have to slow down and break those walls into pieces. You can do this, being vulnerable is not always a bad thing.

4. Celebrate your anniversary.

Don’t let those important dates go unnoticed. Really celebrate with one another. Being with someone for so long is worth making a big deal about.

5. Cuddle as much as you can.

Cuddling releases hormones in our brains that are known for reducing stress. Cuddling helps you bond more and become closer. While some people don’t like it all the time you can still do it when you both feel it is appropriate.

6. Be respectful and empathetic.

You cannot have a real relationship without respect. If your partner is disrespecting you I strongly suggest you find someone better. Give what you get and everything will be just fine.

7. Have fun together.

Plan a date night once a week. Go out and get drunk or dance the night away. Whatever you two find fun, do it.

8. Stop holding grudges.

Don’t hold grudges against one another. Let go of the things you cannot change and if something is so bad that you cannot let go of it move on. Be with someone who doesn’t give you a reason for grudges.

9. Don’t stop complimenting one another.

Give him or her compliments. We all love to know that something is being noticed. A simple “your hair looks nice today” might be exactly what your partner needs to make his or her day amazing.

10. Make time for one another.

Spend time together when you can. Even if it is just a mere hour or two before bed each day you are still doing better than most. It is not as hard to make time as most make it seem.

11. Love yourself too.

If you cannot love yourself who is going to love you? Love yourself as much as your partner loves you. Accept who you are.

12. Be thankful for your significant other.

Show gratitude for your partner. Make sure he or she knows that you appreciate all that they do for you. Remind them that you notice their efforts.

13. Choose your words wisely and communicate properly.

Don’t say things in the heat of an argument that you will want to take back. Learn how to talk things through instead of yelling at one another. If things are too heated, walk away and wait to talk when things have cooled down.

Being in a relationship is about caring for someone else and doing what you can to make sure you are both happy. It is not always going to be easy but I can promise it will be worth it. Once you have someone worth holding onto make sure they know how much you appreciate them.

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