Get Closer to Your Mate
WebMD gives you five tips for a healthy relationship.
Spend More Time Together
You've probably heard the idea before -- make dates and keep them. Putting
couple time on your calendar reinforces your sense of dedication to each other.
"Couples benefit when they feel commitment," Peter A. Wish, PhD,
clinical psychologist and author of Don't Stop at Green Lights: Every
Woman's Guide to Taking Charge of Her Life and Fulfilling Her Dreams,
tells WebMD. "Make these private times special by not including
But don't make the mistake of limiting your interaction to designated couple
time. Try to enjoy each other's company for at least a few minutes every day,
especially first thing in the morning, at the end of the workday and right
before bed. "At those times talk about positive things," Wachs says.
"It makes a big impression." Make a special point of greeting each
other at the end of the workday. If you're home first, stop what you're doing
when your partner arrives and spend a moment together. "Act like [he or
she] is important," Wachs advises, "not just the postman stopping by
with the mail."
Touch More Often
Physical communication is as important as emotional communication in a
relationship. It relieves tension and shows your partner that you care.
"Physically being in contact with your partner breaks through a lot of
ice," Wachs says. "Go out of your way to kiss and hug during the day.
Always sleep together in the same bed. Just assume you're going to have sex
every night. ... It's hard to fight if you're having great sex."