This past weekend, I witnessed a gorgeous wedding up in the Bay Area. The couple were together for 11 years before tying the knot. Can you imagine?! That’s definitely commitment right there. But what it came down to was they found their soul mate, best friend, other half, their peanut butter that they want to spend their life with! You might ask…What goes into a relationship?
Chemistry: We want sparks to fly. Of course, this is only going to happen naturally. There are some people in the work place and in your life that you click with and some that you don’t. Find the ones that do and hold on tight!
Enjoy each other’s company: Whether it’s going skydiving, going out dancing, or drinking beer and eating pizza while watching Netflix, you need to enjoy being with the person, no matter what the situation is. If you can’t stand going to happy hour with that obnoxious co-worker or simply sitting at home doing nothing with your significant other, you may want to reconsider who you hang out with.
Support/Teamwork: There are times where you have to be independent, but in a company or in a relationship, you often times have to work together. Good relationships have people supporting each other and asking how they can help. Partnerships already know how they can help!
Respect/Honesty: Admit it… we all make mistakes. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, but you have to be honest about it. Honesty = Respect = A stronger partnership. You need to take responsibility for your own actions, and people will start to trust that you can handle your shit. That way, you’re not always paranoid if your boss is going to fire you or if your S/O is out with some other chick… “as friends”…
Sacrifice: Let’s be real… relationships are about sacrifices. You can’t have everything you want, but you can try your best to compromise. If you’re going to be selfish and not willing to share or being open minded, do us all a favor and stay single, okay?
Understanding/Acceptance: Here’s a (not so) secret. I eat really really slow. Like, really. I’ll take 1 hour to finish a bowl of Ramen. I’ll also take 2 hours to finish a drink. I need people to understand and accept that that’s part of my life. For some people, this may be the most miserable thing to deal with. For others, they learn to accept it, move on, and let me do my thing. Those are the type of people I need in my life!
Encouragement: Whether it’s to finish school, apply for that dream job, not to finish that donut, etc, we all need a little encouragement. Who needs a Debby Downer in their lives?? Encouragement will show support and give you that “you can do it!” attitude that you may not have yourself.
What other traits go into a strong relationship?