"Be Respectful" ~ You, Me, Life, Dreams ~
This is one of my biggest keys when it comes to relationships; and one of the ones that so easily slips away when couples get really comfortable with each other. Respect is one of those things, that hopefully, will grow in your relationship instead of fade; but for this to happen it needs consistent cultivation. A flower does not continue to bloom without water.
There are many components when we consider the concept of respect; and that will include things like truly being present with your partner. It is important to really give them your full attention when you are out with them or having conversations. The "yeah" and "uh huh"; is only saying that everything else is more important than you. Too often, this comes up as time goes on and we don't break our attention from the phone, social media, or t.v. while we are talking with our partner.
Respect also carries over where others are concerned. Not only by some of the obvious; like not flirting with others (with or without your partner being there), but in not allowing others to put them down. Even when things are supposed to be a joke, it is important to let others know that you won't tolerate them speaking badly about your partner.
Even when the relationship has been going on for several years; it is still important to offer consistency with calls and contact. This can include things like letting them know if you are running late, dressing appropriately for what you are doing (overly revealing clothes around family and friends is not respectful). Appreciate your partner, not just when Hallmark tells you to; but frequently throughout the week and month. This can even be a simple note that says "I still love waking up next to you" or "I am grateful for everything you do for us".
It doesn't take much to keep a relationship alive and thriving. It doesn't take much to keep the love alive year after year. However, it does take regular gestures of appreciation and respect; even if it is in small and simple things. Every time that you offer respect; you are saying I love you, I care about you, I am grateful for you.