10 Ways to Recharge a Relationship on the Rocks
A version of this post first appeared on Psychology Today.
Friendship has been found to be the key to a healthy relationship between partners. Think about a time when you met another couple—from those first moments, you probably were able to guess at the level of affection, respect, and friendship present between the pair. What clues do we all use to detect how a couple feels about one another or the level of satisfaction they found in their relationship? Now, think about your own romantic relationship or marriage—how would it measure up in these areas?
Strangers on a Train?
Have you ever taken a moment to simply observe couples in restaurants? You can tell a lot from their interactions. Are they constantly staring away from each other, or checking their phones? Do they eat without saying a word? If the level of interactive companionship dips toward zero, chances are the relationship isn’t bringing much joy or excitement to either partner.