Being happy in a relationship is extremely important. If one person is unhappy then the whole relationship can struggle. That’s why it’s important to ensure that both parties are happy. When you’ve been with the other person for a long time, there comes a time where the romance starts to fade. You start getting more comfortable in your relationship and treat it more like a strong friendship as opposed to a romantic one. That’s fine on a certain aspect because you need to have that strong friendship in your relationship. However, it’s also extremely important to keep up the passion. Because as soon as the passion starts to fade, that’s when things start getting dangerous. Your relationship is more at risk of having an outside influence interfere.

There are a lot of things you can do to ensure that your relationship stays strong and passionate. Here are a few tips that can help you ensure you have a strong healthy happy relationship that will last.

1. Communication

This makes the top of the list because it’s the most essential one. Communication is key to success for any relationship. Without it, there’s no point in even trying to have a relationship. You need to be honest, you need to tell the other person how you’re feeling. If you keep things inside, after a certain point you’ll start resenting the other person. You need to talk to each other.

2. Make Time for Each other

It’s important to make time for one another. No matter how busy your schedule is, make time for each other. Whether it’s a 2-minute phone call while you’re at work a quick text message just saying that you’re thinking of them, it’s important. It will make you feel better and the other person will feel great knowing that you care and you’re thinking about them.

3. Laugh Together

A couple who laughs together stays together. It’s important to laugh. It releases stress and makes you feel better. So watch a funny YouTube video, tell a bad joke, watch a comedy or tease the other person. Either way, the point is that you’re laughing. By doing something that makes you laugh, it will make you feel more connected and happy.

4. Listen

It’s important to listen to one another. If one of you had a bad day and needs to talk it out, listen. You don’t have to talk back or give your advice, the fact that you’re just listening will make them feel better. Sometimes they need to vent and by listening it makes them feel like you understand and care about their problems.

5. Motivate one another

Whether it’s a career change or starting a new project, it’s important to encourage one another. If they feel encouraged by your support, it will motivate them that much more to succeed because they want to make you proud.

6. Make time for Intimacy

This is an important one because it’s the only thing that’s differentiating your relationship from a friendship to a romantic one. It’s important to keep the sparks flying. So kiss each other goodnight. Hold hands in public. Kiss each other when you come home from work. And be intimate. It will make you more connected and keep your relationship passionate.

7. Say I love You

This might feel like a no-brainer, but it’s important. Yes, of course, you know that you love each other, but it doesn’t mean that because you know it you don’t have to say it. Saying “I Love You” is a reminder that you’re in a loving relationship and that you’re there for one another. It’s a reminder that they are the best thing that happened to you.

8. Don’t Hold Grudges

Don’t hold grudges. Tell each other how you’re feeling. If you’re mad at them, tell them why. Talk it out. Don’t wait and hold it inside. It’s the worst thing you can do because that’s when resentment kicks in. If they did something that made you angry, say it. Once it’s out and you’ve talked it out, you can then move on.

9. Do Activities Together

Doesn’t have to be something that costs money or crazy adventures. Do things like cooking dinner together, watching a movie or a show, playing cards or working on a puzzle. Go on walks together. It’s often the simple things that you’re doing together that make you feel closer.

10. Compromise

Not something that everyone likes to do, but one of the most crucial parts of a relationship. It can’t always be all about you or all about them. It has to be 50-50. Compromising is key to a successful relationship. It’s showing the other person that you care and that their needs are just as important as your own. Once in a while, you need to give in to make the other person happy. It’s not losing; it’s called compromise.