GUEST POST: 5 Things That Bond You As A Couple More Than You Think

Happy Tuesday! It’s a brand new week; and we also have a new guest author! Today’s guest author is Roxana Oliver. Roxana is a lifestyle consultant from Sydney. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine. Today, she’s going to share with us 5 things that bond us with our partners that we probably didn’t even know or have been taking for granted.

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If you think a successful relationship is based on hard work, you are probably right. By introducing a couple of new activities and shaking up your everyday routines, your relationship will flourish. If you focus on what’s wrong it should be in an attempt to fix it. Don’t dwell too much on the negative stuff, shift some of that focus to introducing some novelties in the relationship. Research shows that this has a much better impact on your happiness as a couple. So, here are some things that can fortify your relationship and bring you closer to your partner.

Take A Trip Together

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Nothing will bond you like a shared trip to a romantic and exciting destination. Travelling allows you to express yourself more freely, so your partner can get to know the real you and you will really get to know them better. It’s because you will get to share many beautiful memories and experience new places together, creating an inextricable bond between you. It’s not so hard to organize a short trip, but it will do miracles for your relationship.

Teach Each Other New Things

It’s always good to learn new things, especially when your partner is a teacher. Make sure to choose something your significant other will find interesting and worth learning. If you speak any foreign languages, you can start with that, or if you’re good at some sport, try practicing it with them. This way you will not only learn a new skill, you will also learn how to bond. It’s a win-win situation.

Get To Know Each Other’s Friends

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Every couple has a group of friends they share, but what about those friends from work or old college friends you’ve never met? Make an effort to meet them and show that you care about all of their friends. The more you connect with every part of your partner’s life, the happier you will be. If you include your partner into your circle of friends, it really shows that you see them not only as your spouse but also as your friend.

Accept & Celebrate Your Partner’s Uniqueness

If you sometimes wished that your partner was better looking, made more money or was more open and romantic, it’s all normal. We all experience that from time to time, but you should ask yourself a question: Are those dreams realistic? If they aren’t, the only thing you can get is frustration, the main relationship-wrecker. Accept your partner the way they are, and try to work together to become better people and spouses. Also, being yourself in the relationship is key. This is almost always the number one advice in all reliable articles about first date tips, and for a good reason. Being yourself and staying true to who you are is what makes you desirable in a true and deep way. This way, your partner will celebrate your uniqueness and forget all about those unrealistic expectations they had.

Share Inside Jokes

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Couples who laugh together, stay together! Having those little moments only the two of you share and know about is more than healthy for your bond, it’s crucial. The more you laugh together the healthier your relationship will be. Little inside jokes and funny nicknames are something that strengthens the tie between you and your partner, no matter if your kids or friends think it’s gross. You can always use those jokes when you’re experiencing hard times to remind you of all the good things and funny memories you shared with each other.

Never forget to bond with you partner. No matter how long you’ve been together, it’s never a bad idea to try and reconnect with your spouse. Don’t get too busy with your job or kids. Even though friends are very important, don’t let them make you forget about your partner. Also, put your cell phone down from time to time, and always try to be there for your other half.

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Roxana recently moved to Europe, loves to travel and write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Her mantra is “every day is a new beginning”. You can find out more about her writing following her on Twitter and Facebook.

As a mom of 2 toddlers, it’s easy to take my marriage for granted because of all the craziness and chaos that go on in our every day lives. So when Roxana reached out to me about this topic, she really piqued my interest because any help that would get me and my husband to bond with each other, considering everything that’s always going on, would be greatly appreciated. Some of these may no longer be applicable to us but I’m sure it will be helpful for others. From her tips, I really want to focus on the inside jokes and celebrating my husband’s uniqueness.

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We hope that you liked this post and found it helpful. What did you think of the tips listed here? How do you bond with your husband; especially after having kids? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.

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  • Travelling together is the best way to build memories!!
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  • Alicia

    My husband & I are taking a trip together this weekend! Without the baby!!!! It’s been forever since we’ve truly taken the time by ourselves & I can’t wait!

  • Michele Dawn

    I´m in a healthy relationship but we are still only one year together. I love reading new ideas to keep our relationship strong. It´s also nice to read your post and reinforce the things we already do together. Travelling with a spouse or significant other is definitely my favorite. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mar

    These are great tips! We love enjoying a nice meal together, from cooking it to cleaning up its a great bonding experience. Thanks for sharing.

  • Shannon Mika

    I’m a firm believer in the first tip – I often joke that our annual trip is the reason we’re still married!!!

  • Ashton Taylor

    These are nice tips to strengthen the bond between spouses. We do need that one on one time to help reconnect. Kids are our #1 but our relationship should be #1.5.

  • Ryan Sneltzer

    Taking trips is an awesome method, no matter how old the relationship!

    • Roxana Oliver

      true! thanks for reading!

  • Ayanna

    Great tips to keep your relationship strong and growing! After 10 years of marriage, my hubby and I share so many inside jokes that help to prevent us from taking things too serious. We love experiencing new things and places together. We take one trip with out the kids each each to keep making those memories.

    • Roxana Oliver

      Awesome Ayanna! Glad to hear you are finding that balance!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    My hubby and I love to travel! Our next trip is to Jamaica!

    • Roxana Oliver

      Hope you have a great time, Jamaica is lovely!

  • Jessica Peresta

    I love all of these ideas! We love to travel as a family, but also get away for trips just us.

    • Roxana Oliver

      thank you!

  • Sara Montague Miller

    Great ideas! A trip with my husband (sans child) is on my wish list these days!

    • Roxana Oliver

      we all have to make the time! thanks for reading 🙂

  • Snow to Seas

    Such a lovely and true post! Taking a trip together is definitely a bonding experience!

    • Roxana Oliver

      Thank you so much!

  • Trips and spending time together are crucial for my hubby and I!

    • Roxana Oliver

      Exactly! Glad you think so too!

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    SO true. My husband and I love to travel together. It’s one of the best way to get closer. 🙂

  • My husband and I are going away together this summer – I’m so excited!

  • Shannon @ Lady’s Little Loves

    My husband and I met and were friends first, I think it definitely helped!

  • Emily Bendler

    I love trips with my hubby and sharing inside jokes!

  • Annie Peterson

    Great post! I think trips are definitely one of the best things for my husband and I

  • Kristina Wiggins

    So important to prioritize treating your relationship like the special flower it is! Thank you for this reminder xo

  • Andrea

    Thanks for sharing this post! These ideas a great start to strengthening a relationship and have a tighter bond. I think my favorite is taking a trip together 🙂

  • Salwa Kisswani

    This is so cute.. I love this post, it’s definitely getting bookmarked!

  • all great points, sharing as many aspects of your life as you can is definitely important for a good relationship.
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    • Roxana Oliver

      glad you agree! Love your blog btw!

  • Kristin

    Really great ideas for connecting with your spouse. I think the most important thing is to remember to be friends and enjoy each other, and these are all great ideas to do that.

  • Babies to Bookworms

    Great ideas! My husband and I like to teach each other new things and read new books together.

  • These are amazing ways to get to know your partner better. I really like the teaching each other new things, I feel like that is an amazing way to get to know your partner and to bond.

  • Raluca Lo

    These are great tips! My husband and I have a lot of inside jokes that make us feel connected! 🙂

  • Brittany Strawbridge

    This is really sweet & so true! I love the teaching each other new things! Thanks for sharing! xx

  • Stephanie Lowry

    These are great tips. It is especially easy to put your marriage on the back burner with kids. Though, with simple gestures, and real commitment its absolutely possible to keep this from happening. I especially love the inside jokes tidbit.

    Stephanie | http://www.sicmama.com

  • This is really good advice for couples. When you first start dating someone, everything comes easy. But if you want to maintain a relationship, you have to put in effort so the two of you can grow together.

  • Anne

    These are all really great tips! My husband and I have been married for 15 years and together for 24. We can’t always manage a trip together but we do the others, especially inside jokes!

  • These are all so cute! Traveling together definitely helps you learn more about each other and grow as a couple!

  • Victoria McGill

    These are so good! I especially love the travel tip. We are already planning our 10 year anniversary trip to relive the best spots on our honeymoon and that 8 years away lol! Travel it a key to our relationship for sure.

  • M.

    I loved reading this. I think my husband and I have a really strong relationship, but then other times I just wanna wring his neck for not reading my mind. Hahaha

    • Roxana Oliver

      😀 i feel you!

  • Melissa

    I love this post. As a new-ish mom I am trying to find ways to make sure I stay connected to my husband. It’s definitely a work in progress.

  • Emily

    What wonderful tips! I always feel like I can do better in my relationship!

  • Thank you!

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