Avoid the ‘automatic no’ trap
“In 2018, resolve that you will do what your partner prefers unless you have a strong objection to doing it. This is important because it makes your partner feel heard and like their input matters. On the fence? Ask yourself: ‘Is this something worth getting into an argument about?’ Because very few things are.” —Judi Bloom, PsyD, licensed marriage and family therapist in Santa Monica, California. And make sure you’re not guilty of any of these 31 relationship habits that are actually dangerous.
Be a partner, not a player
“Resolve that you will focus on what is best for the couple and not just what is best for you, individually. This is important because a solid relationship requires putting the needs of the couple first whenever possible, compromising solutions to problems, and keeping communication flowing for a strong connection.” —Bloom