Of all the possible success in the world, how important is success in your relationships compared to the rest? Chances are it’s pretty high. A recent study showed that only 17% of participants felt they were in a relationship with the love of their life, and 36% said they weren’t happy in their current relationship at all.

But it may not be who you’re in your relationship with that is the problem. New success in relationships has more to do with these personality traits than any other factor.

They’re Committed
People in successful relationships know why they’re there and what their expectations are. They’re also committed to being there and are prepared to work through the problems and maintain reasonable expectations.

They’re Respectful
It’s impossible to be in a relationship where there is no mutual respect. Being respectful involves a healthy dose of empathy, an acceptance of vulnerability, and a willingness to hold your tongue. Respect goes out the window the second you start talking down to the other person.

They Communicate
How can you get along if you never talk? But relationships require more than a superficial discussion of your favorite sports team or the weather. True conversation involves active listening, a deep interest in what the other person has to say, and a certain amount of vulnerability. If you don’t open up, you can’t expect them to.

They Practice Self-Care
Success in relationships relies on taking responsibility for your health, mental, and physical. Together you need to prioritize a healthy lifestyle and taking care of each other. Don’t allow negativity in yourself or in your partner. Be kind to each other.

They Adapt
How can you get along together if you’re not able to weather the bumps in the road? Being able to pivot and react to new situations, especially crises, together will enable you to get through anything.

They Fight and Forgive
No one gets along 24/7. It’s important to know how to express your own needs without getting personal and giving voice to your frustration. You also need to be able to listen when the other person does the same. Being able to fight well and forgive afterward can make you a strong and loving couple.

Success in relationships relies on one thing alone: the willingness to work together. If you have that and keep the rest of these tips in mind, you’ll find yourself in the lucky 17% who love who they’re with and where they are.

Author: Eric

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