11 Daily Habits of Couples in Healthy Relationships
Do you expect your partner to take out the trash every week without ever being thanked? Can you recall the last time you paid your partner a compliment? Find out the secrets of people in a happy and healthy relationship.
They're a team
"With a team mentality, couples lift each other up and are stronger together," says Hall. "They make sacrifices to benefit the long-term partnership." They make decisions together—one person doesn't call all the shots. It can be small issues like deciding what to watch on the DVR to bigger issues like figuring out where you want to raise a family. "Knowing your partner has your back and vice versa is a great source of comfort in the game of love," says Spira. You function as a unit and think in terms of "we" instead of "I." Remember that you're on the same team, says relationship expert Andrea Syrtash, author of Cheat on Your Husband (with Your Husband). "It doesn't make sense to have a winner and a loser in an argument," Syrtash says. "You're more likely to fight more fairly when you consider this."