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7 Values You and Your Significant Other Need for a Strong Relationship 

Relationships are hard work and require intimacy and vulnerability from both parties. You and your partner may have different values, lifestyles, or opinions. It can be difficult to find common ground, causing arguments to arise. If this is a common occurrence, there are options to help your marriage or relationship

Counseling can find the root of your problem and enhance your romantic connection. However, here are 7 values that can also strengthen your relationship.

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1. Trust

When you trust someone, you rely on their character and ability to be honest. Trust is the foundation for any strong relationship, and without it, the relationship can fall apart. You trust your partner to be loyal, to be truthful, and to be supportive. A way to build trust is to be vulnerable with your companion and always try to maintain respect. 

2.  Playfulness

Being in a long-term relationship can cause patterns that may make you feel like you are in a rut. This can cause boredom and apathy to creep in. By bringing light-heartedness and fun into a relationship, you keep your love life fresh and exciting. Try new things together, go on dates, or plan a spontaneous vacation. 

Playfulness can spark new ideas and bring adventure to your relationship.

3. Teamwork

A relationship needs effort from both partners to make their connection last. When one partner is putting in all the work, it is clear the other person does not care about their relationship anymore. This can strain your bond. Both partners need to collaborate and make compromises to have the best possible relationship. Teamwork shows you support your significant other, and they support you.

4. Independence

Quality time with your partner is important because it allows you to talk and spend time together without distraction. However, total dependence in a relationship can also feel clingy and overbearing. 

Exploring your own interests and putting time into yourself allows you to be your best version of yourself in a relationship. You must love yourself first before truly loving someone else. 

5. Open Communication

Talking things through with your significant other is the only way to truly get to know them and understand their perspective. Open communication with a partner can allow you to gain insight into how the other person thinks and feels about certain situations. 

The best way to pay attention to your partner is to build your listening skills. Talking things out and really listening to one another can clarify disagreements and put you in a better mood.

6. Forgiveness

Showing forgiveness towards your partner, in return, prevents you from harboring resentment or bitterness towards your companion. Forgiveness is another way to have open communication about your feelings. Explaining to your significant other why your feelings were hurt allows them to understand your perspective. It also gives your partner a chance to empathize. 

7. Honesty

Honesty is what allows you to build trust with your partner. Every time you lie to your significant other, you are breaking down the bond you both created. You may not want to share everything with your partner out of privacy or fear of being judged. That is why it is important not to criticize each other’s opinions; this approach will also encourage more open dialogue.


A lasting relationship is not always an easy one. That’s why couples’ counseling is so important and enables you to put your relationship back on the right path. However, you can only strengthen these seven values with your partner if you’re on the same page about your relationship goals.

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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