As the year draws to a close and we all start to reflect on the past twelve months, resolutions to transform or improve your life within the following year are hot on your mind. However, many of us forget about the other areas in our lives that could also use some work and attention.

Of course, those self-improving New Year’s resolutions such as eat healthier, exercise more and work harder are vital for a healthier and happier life, but most of us could also benefit from a few relationship and couple based New Year’s resolutions. That’s why we have put together the four relationship New Year’s resolutions that you and your partner should be making for 2015.

Find happiness outside the relationship
It’s important to feel connected with your partner and spend many happy hours in their company, however it is very common for this comforting connection to evolve into constant dependency. Being too reliant on the relationship can put an awful amount of pressure on your partner.

For a stronger relationship its important to find happiness in things of your own such as friends, family, hobbies and work. Having your own interests and friends will provide you with stories to tell you partner at the end of the day, allowing you to bring more to the relationship.

Show gratitude for your partner
We all appreciate the things our partners do for us, whether it’s some grand romantic gesture or simply washing up the dirty dishes after dinner. However, more often than not we forget to show our appreciation and your partners efforts can feel unnoticed.

The result of these actions can cause your partner to cease making any further efforts, which in turn can cause deeper relationship issues. So before the New Year begins, agree with your partner to show each other more gratitude and affection both verbally and physically.

No more petty fights
The majority of disagreements and arguments that occur between couples have usually escalated in the heat of the moment from a minuscule issue. These arguments can easily become part of your daily routine and will have a negative effect of your relationship.

To help reduce these arguments in the New Year, sit down with your partner and agree that whenever either of you feel like you’re about to explode, take two minutes to ask yourself whether this issue is worth the argument. If you can let it slide its best in most cases to do so, it will reduce arguments and in turn will also minimize stress and hostile feelings.

Laugh more together
It has been commonly known for many years after countless scientific studies, that regular laughter improves our mental health. It is also one of the main traits that both men and women look for in a potential partner. Laughter is also one of the best way to emotionally connect with another person, so is a vital component for any happy relationship.

However, sitting with your partner laughing at your favourite TV program is simply not enough. Instead try participating in more activities together such as cooking, walking the dog or playing a physical sport. These activities will allow you to revel in each other’s company, as well as reminisce and laugh about times past.

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