Just like your health, pets, plants, and other things in life, your relationship with your significant other is something that should be tended to and taken care of daily.  There are things that you can do daily to strengthen and improve the health of your relationship with your significant other.

1. Put The Phones Away

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Technology has made its way into almost all areas of people’s lives, including romantic relationships.  How many times have you been at a restaurant and looked at a couple sitting across from one another to only realize that they are both looking at their phones rather than each other?  There is something seriously wrong with this picture.  Even though technology is a blessing in so many ways, it inhibits the ability to be able to sit across from someone silently and enjoy the present.  Make it a point and a rule to put your phones away when you are with each other.  Even if you do not realize it, you looking at your phone while your significant other is talking gives off the impression that you are not interested in what he or she is saying.  It looks like you find whatever you are looking at on your phone more important than your partner.

2. Go On A Weekly Date

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One of the best pieces of advice often heard from older couples is to never stop dating your spouse.  There are so many things you have to be flexible for in life and compromise on, but healthy couples advise never to compromise on your weekly date night.  Make it a non-negotiable no matter how busy your week was or how tired you are.  Call a baby sitter and spend alone time together.  Trust me, you need it, even if you do not think you do.  One of the ways you can show the importance of something is how much time you devote to it.  Giving your significant other your time is one of the best gifts you can give.

3. Talk Things Out

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Communication is essential in a healthy relationship.  One of the worst things you can do in a relationship is keep things in and not talk about your problems.  Look at your problems like a small candle burning.  It looks harmless, but left untaken care of, and it can burn a house down.  Just like that small candle, your small problems left un-talked through grow bigger and bigger until they have the ability to tear down your relationship.  So, no matter how awkward it is or how small you think your problem, talk things out.

4.  Express Your Goals Together

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When you are in a relationship, you are basically on a team together.  Being a part of a team entails having and striving for goals together.  However, it is hard to do so when your goals are not known and expressed.   It is important to discuss these goals and have game plans to achieve them.  You know what they say, “two heads are better than one”.  In a relationship, you will have two types of goals: goals for yourself and goals for your relationship/your team. Sometimes, something that at first seemed impossible looks more possible with someone by your side encouraging, supporting and pushing you to achieve it.  This healthy practice will not only bond you two, but make your overall relationship stronger.