The Recipe for Nourishing Relationships

by Mollee Bauer

Nourishing RelationshipsRelationships by their very nature are as complex or simple as we make them. We all carry a certain amount of baggage and extra "stuff" throughout our life. So what makes a relationships successful? Is there a tried and true recipe? If there was such a recipe, would it work for you?

Since no two relationships are alike, it's hard to give a definitive answer to that question. On the other hand, who's to say the recipe couldn't work?

After asking our friends, families, members and even strangers on the street about what they think nourishes a relationship, here are some of the ideas, suggestions and tips.

• Spending enough quality time together...

• Speak with and touch each other affectionately and with adoration...

• Make time to communicate, focus on each other...

• Be supportive of one another's key interests...

• Focus on the positives, big and small -- do your best to ignore the stuff that annoys you...

• Make your relationship a priority -- and if you have children, this provides a good model for them to emulate...

• Random and not so random acts of kindness are important on a regular basis...

• Treat each other's parents with love and respect...

• Welcome changes and learn how to adjust...

• Don't go to bed angry...

How do these tips sound so far? Sounds like it could be successful! Tell us how it works for you!

Looking for more self-care tips? Why not check out our friend Dr. Diane Sanford? She's declared May as "Living Self-care" month. You can visit Dr. Sanford's website to participate in her self-care challenge and find out more! We're one of her "challenge champions," too!

Comments

I also recommend getting away without the kids. Spend some time dating again. So that some day when the kids are all gone you are not left looking at a stranger.

Excellent advice both within the article and by "Kier"! I think that it definitely takes that DAILY commitment to those "I do's"! For us, we also try to connect during the day. Even if it is just a five minute conversation, it enables us to maintain and strengthen our bond a little more. TFS!

My husband and I have been through some rough times in the past. Whats helped us is finding things we can do together. Even if its just reading a book together, listening to a book on tape, and so on, at night after the kids go to bed. I think also keeping in mind that it takes work, and that committing to live your life with someone else is a choice that you need to make every day... some days more than others ;)