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6 Words to Help Build Successful Relationships

When trying to maintain a healthy relationship, it’s important to think about different ways you can make your partner happy. SQuire Rushnell, author of GOD WINKS ON LOVE, shares 6 key pieces of advice for succeeding in your marriage or relationship. 

Whether your soulmate has yet to appear on your radar screen, or whether he or she is on the other side of the bed, these pearls of wisdom are worth committing to memory and daily use, as soon as possible.

#1. Laughter

Paula and Gary Conover, and Hillary and Bill Kimmelman underscored the importance of humor as a common thread to hold themselves together as couples.

Moreover, during those tense moments that invariably arise in relationships, if one partner or the other can provoke laughter, stress is released, and the potential for disagreement dissipates.

#2. Appreciation

The Arvella and Robert Schuller story highlights the importance of expressing genuine appreciation for each other. Don’t let the sun set on any day without expressing and reexpressing heartfelt appreciation for things, even the very smallest things, that your partner has done.

#3. Understanding

“You don’t listen to me.” The person who says that really means: “You may be listening with your ears, but you aren’t understanding what I am trying to communicate.”

#4. God

Pauletta and Denzel Washington built their relationship on the rock-solid foundation of mutual faith. Their marriage works, they say, because it is not just between the two of them—it is a commitment of three, with God in the middle. A rope with three cords woven together, is stronger than with two.

#5. Hold

Does the meaning of the marriage vow “to have and to hold” mean to physically hold, as in hug? I have come to conclude that hold really means to “hold up”—to honor. To place your partner in a higher position than you place yourself. Ask any couple in this book, “Who is the most important person in your relationship?” and they are likely to say: “He is. No, she is.”

#6. Support

Kimberly and Jerry’s, and Alice and Jack’s stories each exemplified that we all need to have someone we can rely on. Someone we can trust will be watching our backs. To catch us if we fall. To provide a shoulder to cry on. We need to know that our partner is there to support us. Never to tear us down—especially in front of others—but to build us up. To give us constant messages of support.

For more relationship tips, pick up a copy of GOD WINKS ON LOVE by SQuire Rushnell!

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Still having trouble getting through to your partner? You may also enjoy: 7 Rules for Communication in Your Relationship

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Excerpted from GOD WINKS ON LOVE by SQuire Rushnell. Copyright © 2007 by the author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. 

Photo by Frank McKenna on Unsplash

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