CE#460: The 10 “B’s” of a Successful Relationship (Psychology Today)

By Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D.

Created Dec 10 2011 – 3:02pm

Couples in successful relationships have some things in common. Much of the time it’s not about what they do or don’t do, it’s about who they are as people and how they behave with each other. Here are some of the many ways the happiest of couples interact with each other.

1.     Be best friends. Tom Hanks​ and Steven Speilberg​ both say that they are best friends with their wives. People who don’t think that having a best friend as a partner is romantic are usually single and bitter. Having a best friend in your heart and bed is the best part of a loving relationship.

2.     Be able to laugh at yourselves. Having a sense of humor about your life and your relationship is one of the keys to thriving. Life throws us many curves and without the ability to see and appreciate the irony, you could end up hating the world and each other.

3.     Be open to new ideas and experiences. If your partner only wanted to do the things you like to do, life would soon become dull and uninteresting. Having a partner who exposes you to different perspectives and dreams will make your world and soul fulfilled.

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