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7 of the Best Pieces of Advice for a Happier, Stronger Relationship, As Seen On Reddit

We mined the social networking site for what a few of its 7 million registered users had to say about staying together. Their thoughtful ideas may make you see your partner a little differently.

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Make an effort

The grass is not greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it. —guacgirl

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Don’t compare your relationship to others

You wouldn’t take a job based on what the break room looked like, so you shouldn’t aspire to be a couple you only see when they’re having fun. —Vandelay_Latex_Sales

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Air your grievances

My wife and I have a 24-hour rule. If there’s a problem, we each have 24 hours to bring it to the other person’s attention. This keeps us from sitting on something until it blows up. If you don’t bring it up in a day, it’s not important enough to fight over. —Psychopathic_bassist

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Fall in love more than once

The girl you met in college is not the same person as the woman with a career, who is not the same person as the mother of babies, who is not the same person as the mother of teenagers, who is not the same person as the retiree. The best relationships aren’t the ones where you meet and fall in love, they’re the ones where you do it over and over again. —synthesis11

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Look until you find the right fit

If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy. Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.—harrekrsna quoting Bob Marley

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Watch closely

You can gauge a person’s love for you by how they treat you when they’re upset with you. —MaddenMan73

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Schedule time together

On our wedding night, I told my wife that we now had a 2/2/2 rule. Every two weeks, we go out for the evening. Every two months, we go out for the weekend. Every two years, we go out for a week. We’ve stuck to it, and it really has made things awesome. —ckernan2

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