For many of us, our romantic relationships are one of the most central part of our lives. When things are going well, they are a source of total joy; but when they’re not, our relationships can bring about heartache. Though ultimately, our happiness really depends on how we handle our relationships, and how we treat ourselves.
There are probably things we have done or said in our relationships this year that have made things a little more tough than we’d like. The good news is that we can change â€” and what better time to reflect and set intentions for a better relationship than the end of the year?
If you want this year to be one in which you have the best love life possible, consider making these relationship resolutions:
1. Look at your relationship with clear eyes.
In reality, not all romantic relationships are worth maintaining. So, start by taking an objective look at your current relationship. Is your partner abusive? Disrespectful? Overly jealous? Are you two codependent? Can you be your authentic self with your partner? Do you two bring out the best in one another?
As you reflect on these questions, determine if you should stay. Sometimes the best things you can do for your love life is to move on to greener pastures, whether that means taking some time to work on yourself, or to look for someone who will love you in the way you deserve.
2. Start with your own happiness.
A lot of people are misguided in their belief that they will instantly become happier once they meet Mr. or Ms. Right. In reality, research shows that people who are happier in the first place tend to be more satisfied with their long-term relationships. So, resolve to do things that bring you joy, whether it is a favorite hobby, maintaining a gratitude journal, or having a regularly scheduled night out with friends. Doing so will allow you to bring your best self to your relationship …
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