Take risks and be honest, no matter what!
A lot of the components that go into a relationship – growing with your partner, learning more about your partner, overcoming conflict, and all the rest – take a lot of dedication and diligence. When it comes to making a relationship last a lifetime, commitment is a key word. Commitment in a relationship is both something that’s demonstrated and an idea that can be a launching pad for other positive outcomes. For example, if partners feel assured of the mutual commitment of their partners, then they may be willing to take more risks and may feel more comfortable being more honest. Taking risks and being honest are two ingredients that are essential to growth. While the idea of commitment is important for fostering security, it also has to be demonstrated. When couples fight, for example, not leaving but sticking around to work through the tough issues demonstrates commitment. It’s this commitment over years and through many different difficult episodes that ultimately builds a relationship that can withstand any of the storms life may send.