Relationships can, at times, be a challenge. No longer focusing on just yourself, your needs and your interests, you are now bringing two lives together and trying to do so in a way that you will make you both happy.

It’s a constant challenge of give and take, and it takes two individuals committed to finding that happy middle ground to really make it work. That being said, it CAN work – in fact, it can work incredibly well, and there are many happy couples spending their lives together as a testament.

There are a few things to keep in mind that can help you to be successful in these efforts. First, remember that there is a ‘give’ side to give and take. You’re not always going to get what you want, life isn’t always going to go your way, and you need to be ok with this. Compromise can be a difficult lesson to learn, but it is one of the fundamental building blocks to a happy, lasting relationship. It does, however, mean that both parties need to be willing to compromise in order to happily meet in the middle.

Another fundamental building block that requires your attention if you are going to make your relationship last is that of communication. While we would all love to think that we could find someone who could miraculously read our mind, that’s far from a realistic expectation. Instead, we each need to take the time to master this skill, effectively communicating with our partners on an ongoing basis. There are times that this is going to be easy, sharing the moments that make you happy and the ways in which you can celebrate with one another, but at other times this is going to be difficult and painful. Remember that even the painful conversations play an important role in a successful partnership.

Often there are certain things that an individual wants or needs to hear from you. This may be encouragement, especially if you aren’t one to outwardly show how you are feeling, or clarification if you are a little more difficult to read. If you can learn these tricks you can improve your relationship bringing harmony and understanding for both you and your partner. Sure, this isn’t going to solve everything – Relationships are a lot of work, but anything that can help is worth exploring, no?

These 3 Words Will Take Your Relationship to The Next Level According to His Zodiac Sign:

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19): You Decide Dear

Aries men are bold and confident, ready to face anything that life may throw their way. Beware, they are short-tempered and aggressive, so this is going to be the cause of some conflict during your relationship. Rather than fighting against them at every turn, learn to pick your battles and allow them to make decisions. If you aren’t prepared to give your Aries man the lead, you may want to second guess this relationship – they will spend their lives fighting for that control.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20): I Need You

Loyal and devoted, a Taurus man prioritizes family and tradition over everything else in their lives. They are stubborn, but when this determined nature is applied in the right area of their lives it can be the solid foundation for a lasting relationship. They long to care for their partners, protecting them and providing for them. There is nothing that they want more than to feel needed and appreciated in this role.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20): Let’s Try This

If you are dating a Gemini man, don’t take the moments of silence for granted because they are going to be few and far between. Your man is a talker, and he’s willing to make friends with anyone he meets. He loves fun, excitement, and adventure, and is looking for a partner that will embrace his spontaneous approach to life. Whether you are taking off for an unplanned whirlwind adventure, or simply grabbing dinner at a new restaurant, they simply want someone that will embrace the excitement and have fun with them.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22): I Need You

Cancer is a highly sensitive and emotional sign, so if you are dating a Cancer man then you need to realize that the littlest things can trigger intense feelings. They build their life around their love for the people in their lives, willing to do anything to keep them happy and safe, even if it is at a high personal cost. All they want to hear is that you need them, and they will feel a connection with you that is so deep it can surpass any struggle.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22): You’re the Best

Proud and bold, Leo men believe that they can do anything, and do it with style. They truly believe that they have everything to offer their partner and seek a relationship with someone that shows them love and admiration, treating them like a king.  If someone does fill that role effectively, they will go out of their way to shower them with love, expensive gifts and anything else their heart may desire. You just need to massage their ego a little.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22): I’m Yours Forever

Living their life in an organized and practical manner, Virgo men focus their attention on doing everything perfectly, even if perfect is an unreasonable expectation. They have high standards, but when they do find someone that they believe to be worth their time and energy, they are looking for a solid commitment. They don’t believe in wasting their time on one-night stands or casual flings, instead, they want to find their forever partner.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22): You Complete Me

Libra men will go out of their way, sometimes going to extreme lengths in order to avoid conflict. They long for balance and harmony in life, willing to compromise as necessary in order to achieve it. This sense of balance also carries through to their relationships, seeking a partnership where neither party is overly dependent on the other, but rather complement one another fully, building upon each other’s strengths and covering for their weaknesses. There is nothing that will make them feel more secure in a relationship than knowing they complete you.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21): I’ll Back You

Passionate and intense, Scorpio men often feel like they are living a life of them against the world. This may be true, they may be going against the grain, or it may just be their perception, but either way, it is very real to them. When they seek a partner, they need someone who is going to stand with them and support them against all odds, someone that will back them in all that they do. If you can give them this reassurance, they will place an incredible trust in you that they reserve for only their closest of loved ones.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21): Let’s Travel Together

The most adventurous of the zodiac signs, Sagittarius spends their life seeking their next new experience. They are true wanderers at heart, and there is nothing that they fear more than the idea of being tied down. A lasting relationship with a Sagittarius is going to be one of excitement and fun times, living for the moment. They are seeking someone who is willing to join them as their travel companion, traveling this life with them.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19): Go for It

Capricorn men are incredibly hard workers, unafraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. They focus on logic, facts, and data, and often set goals and dreams that are completely unrealistic to most only to work their butt off until they reach them and prove everyone wrong. This vision for the future is important to them, and they need someone that will share these values and respect their drive.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18): I’ve Got You

Unique, independent and sometimes a little quirky, if you’re dating an Aquarius man then your partner is, without a doubt, one of a kind. They reserve their romantic relationships for those that have first established a solid friendship, building upon this existing connection. This is due to the level of trust that they have already formed with their friends, protecting their heart each step of the way. To take a relationship to the next level, they simply need to know that they can trust you because you’ve got their back.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20): I Love You

While some may associate the love of romance with women, Pisces men break this stereotype. They are loving, generous and optimistic, dreaming of finding that special someone and living their fairy-tale ‘happily ever after.’ If you want to create a deep and lasting relationship with a Pisces man, you need to open your heart and share exactly how you are feeling.

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