What’s the quickest way to get someone to roll their eyes at you? Tell them your New Year’s resolutions.
Although some people have written off New Year’s resolutions, there’s absolutely no reason to join the bandwagon. The beginning of a new year has a powerful symbolic meaning. There’s something about a new year that makes the past seem irrelevant and the future limitless.
Whether you and your partner are on Cloud 9 or experiencing trouble in paradise, there’s always room for improvement in a relationship. Not sure where to start or what to work on? Relax, that’s why we’re here.
Watch what you eat
Food delivery apps and streaming services are double-edged swords. They’ve made ordering food and watching good content so easy that you rarely have to leave the house to have a good time with your partner. On the other hand, they’ve made it far easier to put on some unwanted kilos. And that’s not the worst part. When entire meals can be ordered at the click of a button, a lot of couples ditch the intimate act of cooking together. Put the spark back into your relationship by choosing healthy meals to prepare with your partner on date night.
A lot of people are guilty of spending more time with their gadgets than their partners. Think about the last time you were at a restaurant with your significant other. Were you too busy scrolling through your phone to give them your undivided attention? How about the time they tried to tell you about how stressful their day was? Were you listening, or just nodding so you could get back to the series you were watching online? This year, commit yourself to giving your smartphone and computer a break so you can give your partner the time and attention they deserve.
Bring out the best in each other
Be honest: there are certain things you know are holding your partner back. It could be their spending habits, the amount of alcohol they drink or indecisiveness. You owe it to your partner to help them be the best version of themselves. But you have to tread carefully. No one likes to hear bad things about themselves, so be compassionate when you’re relaying the message. Let’s say your partner doesn’t have fresh breath. Offer them a mint and if they turn it down, say, “I really think you should have one”. If they ask whether they have bad breath, just be honest. Then come up with a solution, which in this case is stocking up on CloseUp toothpaste.
Making long-lasting change is hard work, but it’s always simpler when you have a loving partner in your corner. Self-improvement might do wonders not only for you but your relationship as well. If you start doing the hard work now, imagine how different you’ll be this time next year.