What Couples Who Stay Together Do Differently from Couples Who Don’t

Open and Honest Communication

What Couples Who Stay Together Do Differently

  • Talk and connect every day
  • Practice listening with the intent to understand
  • Work at understanding their partner’s world
  • Show respect rather than contempt
  • Assume their partner has a legitimate point of view
  • Ask themselves, “Do you want to be right, or do you want to happy?”

Everyday Demonstration of Caring Behaviors

Find out their partner’s “love language” and which of the following he/she needs to feel loved, then practice doing them.

  • Words of affirmation
  • Spending quality time
  • Doing acts of service
  • Giving physical touch
  • Giving gifts

Ask their partner:

“What is one thing I could do differently that would make the biggest difference to you?”

Tell their partner:

“Something that would make me happy is…”