In Praise of Quality Over Quantity: How to Have a Quality Relationship

Quality over quantity is a common phrase that we’ve all heard before. But it’s not just something that can be used in a conversation–it actually has meaning and implications for how you manage your relationship with your partner. But how does this principle apply to relationships? Well, think about how many times you’ve had a whirlwind romance that lasts for a few months, only to fizzle out once the novelty wears off and real life sets in. Instead of focusing on quantity, why not put more effort into creating an amazing quality of time together? Couples who focus on making their relationship great instead of trying to cram as much time together as possible have happier and more fulfilling relationships. Here are some tips on having a quality relationship that will last.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

When you’re in the early stages of a relationship, or you’ve recently been through a rough patch, it’s easy to focus on all the things that annoy you about your partner. But you should try to avoid letting the small stuff bother you. If you’re in a relationship, that is long-term, you’re going to have annoyances in your partner whether you like it. But those things don’t have to become relationship-enders if you learn how to shrug them off. By letting small annoyances slide, you can save your relationship from unnecessary drama and keep your feelings towards one another positive. When you’re in a good mood, it’s much easier to talk through issues in a healthy way.

Be present and engaged when you’re together

It’s so easy to get lost in your phone when you’re with your partner, especially if you’re spending time at home. But you need to put your phone down and engage with your partner when you’re together. Try to resist the urge to check your phone and instead focus on the person in front of you. You don’t have to talk all the time, but try to avoid getting lost on your phone. If you notice yourself getting distracted, apologize to your partner and try to focus on the moment. There’s no point in feeling guilty, but you can stop the behavior from happening again in the future.

Commit to doing things you both enjoy

If you want your relationship to last beyond the initial infatuation stage, you need to do things you both enjoy. Enjoyable activities help you and your partner bond and make the relationship feel more real. Your partner probably has totally different interests from you, but you should still try to enjoy each other’s company. Do what you can to make your partner feel special, and they’ll likely return the favor in spades. There’s no point in trying to force yourself to like something you don’t just to please your partner. But if you can enjoy your partner’s interests, you’ll likely have a more fulfilling relationship.

Don’t let problems fester

Issues in a relationship aren’t always easy to talk through, and some couples have trouble making time for serious conversations. But you should try to address problems as soon as they arise. Don’t wait until you’ve got a major issue on your hands before you try to talk through it. If there’s something that’s bothering you, try to talk it through as soon as you can. Avoid letting problems fester, as you’ll likely find them harder to solve once we have left them unchecked for a while. There’s no foolproof way to make your relationship last, but by following the tips above, you can increase your chances of success.

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