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9 things you can do to make life better with your partner

Doing life all by yourself can be hard work. There are many benefits to having a loving partner, and making life a lot easier is among them. Here are some simple things you and your partner can do to help each other out.

1. Make your partner feel safe. We all need to feel safe emotionally, mentally and physically. Sometimes the pressures of life can create anxiety, and it’s wonderful to have a partner who can offer soothing words and help you realize things aren’t so bad.

2. Appreciate each other’s successes. Much of the time we ignore the little victories that happen every day and instead focus on all the things that went wrong. You can support each other in seeing the good things in your day and talking about them.

3. Offer assistance when it’s needed. If your partner needs to mail a letter or make a bank deposit and seems a little stressed about it, offer to do whatever the task is. Help with even the little things can make a big difference.

4. Learn to listen. Most of the time, just talking about what’s going on can make you feel a lot better. So sit down with the one you love and lend them your ear. Allow your mate to vent about whatever is bugging them, and watch as the cloud lifts.

5. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Giving in on the little things will make your partner feel loved as well as make it easier for other things to go the way you want when it matters more to you.

6. Do something nice and unexpected. Make your partner coffee in the morning, especially if this is something they usually do for you. If you divvy up chores, and it’s not your week to do the laundry, offer to do it anyway and make your mate smile.

7. Make suggestions — never demands. Making a suggestion is different from telling others to do things your way. You’re offering another idea to work with while leaving the choice up to them. Your partner will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

8. Trust your partner to do the right thing. Trusting our mates makes everything easier. You need to know in your heart that your partner will always act appropriately. If you need counseling to make this happen, get it.

9. Take care of your partner in sickness as well as health. A little chicken soup and a kind word can really make them feel so much better.

Life can be difficult, but with a partner who is willing to lighten your burden, it can be a sweet experience, too.

Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D. is an award-winning psychotherapist and humanitarian. He is also a columnist, the author of 8 books, and a blogger for PsychologyToday.com with nearly 35 million readers. You can reach him at Barton@BartonGoldsmith.com

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