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8 Ways to Build Strong Relationships

originalIt’s the day after Valentine’s Day. But shouldn’t every day be like Valentine’s Day? We should let our sweethearts know we love them on a daily basis.

What makes a love last life a lifetime? Unlike the fairy tale stories about true love, real-life love takes work. Just like you must maintain your house for it to last, or improve your skills at your job to evolve in your position, you need to continue to build and grow your relationship.

Here are 8 ways you can strengthen and nurture your relationship:

Put your love first
You and your partner are a team. Think of yourselves as the two musketeers. It’s all for one and one for all. Your relationship comes first. Even the little things matter. If you’re having a discussion and the phone rings, let it go and finish what you’re saying. If your spouse wants you to go with them to a company party and you don’t really want to, go anyway.

Learn to compromise
Strong relationships are built on give and take. It can’t be all one person’s way. Like I mentioned above, having a happy, healthy relationship may mean making compromises. No matter how much you love each other, you may not agree on everything. You can agree to disagree. And sometimes you just have to let things go – and so does your partner.

Respect each other
For a relationship to work, you have to be friends. To have an enduring, loving relationship, you must respect each other. It’s important to respect each other’s thoughts, feelings and opinions. Every person is unique. You need to embrace and appreciate that uniqueness. As long as you and your significant other feel safe with each other, you can talk about anything.

Be honest
You may feel like you should spare your partner’s feelings from time to time. You don’t have to be mean about it, but you should be honest. If I ask my husband if my butt looks big, he will tell me the truth. I have learned not to ask him some questions. But I know that he will always tell me the truth – even if I may not like it.

Trust unconditionally
Trust goes hand-in-hand with honesty and respect. If you know your partner will always be honest with you and that he or she respects you, then you know that trust will be there. You probably have friends who constantly question each other’s motives and actions. Without trust, you cannot build a strong, lasting relationship.

Really listen
Make it a point to focus intently and listen to what your partner is saying. Hear what the person is saying and not saying. Watch facial expressions and body postures. It’s easy to get caught up in trying to fix dinner, texting or watching TV and not truly pay attention to what your partner is saying. And listen without interrupting. Sometimes the other person just needs someone to hear them vent.

Be comfortable with yourself
You’ve probably heard the expression, “True love only exists by loving yourself first.” You need to be at peace with yourself to be able to open up to your partner. Once you own who you are, you can give and receive love from your significant other.

Let go of expectations
We grow up with fairy tale images of what love will be like. We think that when we find our true love it will be all magic and happy endings. While being in a loving relationship is one of the most rewarding things on this earth, it’s not always easy. It can be messy. And it takes patience and hard work.

So, make every day Valentine’s Day. Give your sweetie a hug and a kiss, and let them know how much you love them!

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Kissing: It’s good for your health!

couple kissingDo you remember your first kiss? I do, but I’m not one to kiss and tell. Whether you’re kissing your date goodnight after an evening out or giving your spouse a smooch before you head to work in the morning, kissing is good for your health.

Spend some time kissing this Valentine’s Day and reap the following health benefits:

Perk up your heart
Kissing makes the body produce adrenaline. Adrenaline causes the heart to pump harder and increases blood circulation. Frequent kissing can stabilize cardiovascular activity, lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.

Burn calories
A simple kiss can burn six to twelve calories. A steamier kiss will burn even more calories. While it’s not quite as effective as going for a walk or running on the treadmill, it’s definitely a more fun way to burn calories!

Live longer
People who kiss more seem to live longer. Research shows that kissing your spouse or partner can add years to your life. A regular good morning kiss may add five years to your life.

Prevent illness
The increase in saliva while kissing produces natural antibodies. This extra saliva can help the immune system fight off disease and infection. Saliva can also produce a natural anesthetic that has more powerful pain relieving effects than pain killers like morphine.

Relieve stress
Kissing is a stress reliever. It can clear the mind, decrease anxiety and help you relax. Kissing increases oxytocin. Oxytocin is a calming hormone and promotes feelings of tranquility. When we feel loved, it gives us a sense of well-being and improved self-esteem. Kissing just makes us feel better!

Tone facial muscles
Kissing is a workout for your face. You use 30 different facial muscles while you’re kissing. Working these muscles can tighten up your cheeks. A kissing session can tone your face and keep the blood circulating. Good circulation in your face can help you stay young looking and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Fight tooth decay
Smooching with your honey may help fight tooth decay. That extra saliva we talked about can also help prevent and reduce plaque build-up. But, don’t forget to keep up with your brushing and flossing. For good dental health, brush, floss and kiss every day!

So, this Valentine’s Day grab that someone special, pucker up and smooch your way to improved health.