Relationships: 7 Things Beyond Love

· May 4, 2016

In a relationship, accepting one another, both virtues and flaws, is absolutely fundamental.  This means not trying to change someone.  Change is only acceptable in relationships if it is constructive for both parties.

Love is the main ingredient for any relationship.  If either of the two individuals involved begins to doubt his/her feelings, it’s most likely that at some point the couple will end up separating.

But in spite of the fact that love is the most important element in any relationship, other things are necessary as well in order to create a strong, stable, and most of all happy relationship.

The art of loving comes with a series of characteristics that are needed in order to learn how to live together healthfully, and in order to create a life together.

Knowing what these characteristics are, understanding them and applying them in life is one of the best ways to strengthen love and to ensure that a relationship endures.

As we all know, when talking about love and relationships there are always different ideas about what is right and what is wrong.  So today we’re going to share 7 primary characteristics that all couples need, in addition to love.

Building Blocks of Successful Relationships

1. Trust


One of the greatest treasures that a couple can share is trust.  This main ingredient is key for achieving happiness in oneself and within the other person.

Whenever both parties practice feeling trust, the relationship will be peacefully nourished without any reason to worry when you’re not with the other.

If you don’t stop worrying and think about the other deceiving you, you’ll only create tension within the relationship.  And internally this will prevent you from fully enjoying each experience together.

2. Acceptance

Accepting someone is one thing, while trying to change someone is another.  Be careful!  Often times people say they accept their partner’s defects, but in some way or another they are simply waiting for them to change.

It is very important that you learn to accept, both the virtues and flaws in your partner.  No one is perfect, and sometimes certain things simply make up another person’s personality.

But if you’re talking about a change that is constructive for both, then let it happen.  But this is only a good thing when it doesn’t force someone to repress him/herself, or make them do something they don’t want to do.

3. Communication


One of the greatest pillars for success in a relationship is maintaining good communication.  You always need to be able to speak openly whenever you need to, to say what you feel, what you dream, and to talk about anything that could be worrying you as the relationship develops.

Communication also needs to take place when facing sexuality, which is something that both parties absolutely must feel comfortable about.

4. Commitment

“In the good times and the bad”.  This is how commitment should look when sharing one’s life with another person.  No matter how good or bad things are in or out of the relationship, you must have the guarantee that you will overcome it together.

5. Respect 

All lasting relationships grow stronger with this important value.  It ensures a healthy life together.  Without respect, love simply cannot grow, and most likely negative emotions will overrun the relationship.

It is very important that you know how to control situations where each person becomes angry or annoyed.  It is during these times that most harmful words are said, so be careful!  You always need to keep your cool.

6. Knowing how to forgive

Knowing how to forgive

No relationship is perfect, and important tests can arise at any moment, which could be caused by a mistake.  Is it okay to forgive?

Not everyone is able to easily forgive, and it’s hard to forgive from the heart.  This is very important in relationships because it is part of the growth and experience for both people.

There are some actions that are harder to forgive, which also may mean it’s not worth it to move forward.  In these cases it’s best just to let go, at least for a while, to let your wounds completely heal.

It is not a good idea to pretend to forgive, and to repress feelings just out of fear to be alone.  You must learn to say goodbye when necessary.  Your personal well-being comes before anything else.

7. Loyalty

A relationship that has endured unfaithfulness is lacking a key ingredients: loyalty.  This element is strongly related to trust, but it’s important to emphasize loyalty because it helps to maintain trust.

Unfaithfulness hurts, destroys and creates chaos within a relationship.  That’s why most relationships end once one of the two decides to be unfaithful.