Successful relationships aren’t just about rainbows and butterflies — a healthy partnership requires communication, respect, and plenty of good habits from both people. The following bad habits could make a great relationship take a turn for the worst:

1. Tyring to improve him or her

There’s no such thing as a perfect person, so don’t expect unrealistic changes. Reminding him or her to make the bed is one thing, but trying to radically change shyness or anxiety is another.


2. Finding faults with the family

 The parents may be harder to handle than your significant other. But if there’s some clashing of heads, dont focus on the family’s faults.


3. Engaging in constant PDA

Getting it on in public can not only make bystanders uncomfortable, it may also compensate for a lack of real communication. Stick to hand-holding and quick kisses, and save the rest for the bedroom.


4. Fighting in public

As if PDA weren’t bad enough. arguing in public can embarrass the couple and make everyone around feel awkward, too. Talk it out in private, please.


5. Avoiding fighting

Love isn’t all good, all the time. Disagreements are bound to happen, and arguments can be a healthy part of a relationship. Never having Conflict may make compromise impossible.

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6. Not talking it out

Avoiding conflict can be just as bad so if something is wrong, speak up beacuse expressing emotions – positive and negative – can benefit your bond. One study suggests couples are less stresed when they talkout their issues than when they keep their feelings bottled up.


7.Forgetting to forgive

People make mistakes, and holding on to grudges may not only hurt a relationship – it could also cause unwanted stress and anxiety. Sympathy may be easier to get if we realise it will benefit our relationships.


8.Keeping score

Relationships should be about give and take, but don’t keep track of every little detail (For example: I paid for the last six dinners, you only paid for five!). It can cause unecessary tension.


9. Being melodramatic

No relationship is perfect.  So don’t create unecessary drama in every scenario. If your spouse forgets to take out the garbage, there’s no need for a scene. Take a few deep breaths and adress the problem calmly.


10. Doing everything together

Everyone needs some alone time (Yup! Even hopelessly devoted couples) and solitude is thought to even enhance relationships, making time together more valuable. so don’t be afraid to spend some time solo.

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This story was first published in Woman’s Weekly