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How to build a better future with your partner

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Relationships are incredibly dynamic, with ups and downs, and figuring out how to build a better future with your partner can feel daunting, but it’s essential to ensure you’re both on the same path.

Talking about the future with your significant other will allow you to align your goals and work to building solid foundations together. Relationships are fundamentally about building a life together, so here we will discuss tips on how you and your partner can build a better future.

Imagine your future

Firstly, when it comes to your future, work out what is important to both of you. Write down what you’d like to achieve, both as a partnership and as individuals. Then work through each goal and figure out how you can reach them together.

The unknown can be terrifying, and it can be daunting to be so honest and open with your partner, but it’s vital to understand where you both see yourself within the next few years and beyond. Imagining your future together allows you both to understand which paths you’re currently on and which you’d like to take in the future.

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In order to build a better future with your partner, we’ve put together our advice on the ways you can help to build a healthy and robust relationship with the future in mind.

Support each other

Whether that’s supporting your partner with their career aspirations, hobbies or through a difficult time, it is essential to provide support to each other. Mental, physical and emotional support is the backbone of any relationship.

Why?

Life can become busy, but it’s important to support your partner through all avenues, by doing this, you strengthen your relationship and build yourselves as a couple. This will help both of you to feel like you have someone to rely on when the going gets tough, and reassure you that you are able to work through anything, together.

Active listening

Communication is critical in all aspects of life, and when communication is an issue, it can put a strain on your relationship. As a partnership, you both should do equal amounts of talking and listening.

Why?

Active listening is about genuinely listening to what your partner has to say, taking away any distractions to ensure that everything being discussed is taken in. Not listening to everything your partner is saying can affect the future of your relationship.

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Be honest

Honesty builds trust, and both are essential in relationships. Being honest with each other is not always easy, but in the long run can help you build a secure future together, as honesty is a key component of a healthy relationship.

Why?

Dishonesty is not a good foundation for building a life with someone, and it’s hard to build a future with someone you can’t trust. Being honest with one another helps to avoid any violations of trust and ensures that you are friends as well as partners.

Ask questions

Communication is key, some couples don’t talk enough, and the best way to start communicating more is by asking questions. It’s one of the simplest things to do to strengthen your bond as a couple and allows one another to know what the other may want or need.

Why?

Asking questions is a great way to get talking more, and you’ll likely learn more about one another when you start doing so. Asking the right questions can make a significant difference in the way you connect with one another. We’d advise getting into a regular habit with doing this, to allow you to become engaged and interested in each other.

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Compromise

There is a difference between sacrifices and compromises; compromises help to improve a relationship, whereas sacrifices can lead to resentment and an unstable future. A relationship is all about being a team, and there will always be things which have to be compromised on.

Why?

Making compromises shows that you care about your partners’ happiness as well as your own, and shows that you’re a team, rather than two singular people. However, it’s essential not to lose sight of who you are, and to speak to your partner about the compromises each of you are making.

Work as a team

Teamwork within a relationship is not always thought about, but being a team means that both of you in the relationship matter. Instead of being about you or your partner, it’s us, as you’re both working towards the same goals. All of the points we’ve discussed within this piece will enable you to work effectively as a team.

Why?

Working together allows you to become closer and helps you to negotiate in the partnership, which will help you both to overcome obstacles and make significant life changes as a team. Teamwork is vital to a long and prosperous future.

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Working together and talking about the future is the perfect way to align your goals and plan a long and happy relationship with your partner. The tips we’ve discussed throughout this piece will enable you to work in better partnership with your loved one, which we hope will lead you in a positive direction.

If you’re looking for relationship counselling online, here at Remainly, we offer an online, video-based, couples advice service led by Andreas Løes Narum, who has spent years providing advice to couples. Offering a number of pathways, each of our videos focuses on different goals that can help you and your partner build a long and happy life together, including helping to build a better future.

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