T is for Trust: Relationship A-Z

The word trust written in the sand.

A relationship without trust is like a car without gas. You can stay in it all you want, but it won’t go anywhere. Trust To me, trust is the most important part of a relationship and if you do not have trust then you do not have a relationship. Trust is linked to so many of the different topics which we have already covered in this series. So, if there is no trust then it is unlikely that there will[Read more]

S is for Support: Relationship A-Z

Man and woman embracing outside

A good relationship is when someone accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future – Unknown Do we need support? Support is something that you should always be able to rely on from your partner. They too should be able to know without a doubt that they have your support too. I have seen a lot of couples who undermine each other rather than offer support and that is so sad. Your partner should be your biggest supporter[Read more]

R is for romance: Relationship A-Z

Pink bouquet of flowers on a table next to a cup of coffee

You may hold my hand for a while, but you hold my heart forever – Unknown Romance comes in many different forms depending on the individual, so it is not important which way one expresses romance, but it is important that romance exists in the relationship! The beginning of the relationship is often where the most romance occurs, as you both want to impress each other and feelings are running high. As a relationship progresses and time passes by, romance[Read more]

Q is for Quotidian: Relationship A-Z

A calendar to illustrate occurring every day

Do what you did in the beginning of a relationship and there won’t be an end – Unknown The definition of the word Quotidian is ‘occurring every day’. In a good and happy relationship, there are a number of little things which should occur every day to keep the relationship strong and happy, so this seemed a good fit for the letter Q. Affection Showing your partner that you care is so important and easily achieved in small simple ways[Read more]

P is for Priority: Relationship A-Z

Marking off a checklist to indicate priorities

When someone truly cares about you, they make an effort, not an excuse – unknown Something that I often hear from people who are in relationships, is that they always feel like they are the last priority with their partner and I think that it is really sad. If you are in a committed relationship, you should always be a top priority to your partner, just as they should be your first priority too. That is not to say that[Read more]

O is for Originality: A-Z Relationships

Originality. Girl wearing checked shirt laying on her back holding sunglasses

A true relationship is two unperfect people refusing to give up on each other – Unknown. Originality Okay, so I might be reaching a little with the word originality, but it was very difficult to think of an O word! However, the definition of originality is the ability to think independently and creatively and I think that both of these qualities are needed in a good relationship.  Independent thinking Some couples lose their ability to think independently once they have[Read more]

N is for Non-judgmental: Relationship A-Z

Non-judgemental - part of the A-Z of a healthy and happy relationship series

People who matter, don’t judge. People who judge, don’t matter – Unknown The definition of the word non-judgmental as cited in the Collins English dictionary says: ‘adjective  – of, relating to or denoting an attitude, approach, etc, that is open and not incorporating a judgment one way or the other’. This is one of the top qualities to have in a good relationship. You should never have to worry that your partner is judging you, you should safely have the knowledge that you can[Read more]

M is for money: Relationship A-Z

Money in relationships

Money may not buy love, but fighting about it will bankrupt your relationship – Michelle Singletary Money can be a touchy subject in many relationships. In fact, in 2016 the Independent quoted the relationship charity, Relate’s findings, as money being the top reason that UK couples got divorced. I think that myself and DJ have quite a unique take on money in our relationship, but that may be partly due to our circumstances when we first got together. When we[Read more]

L is for Laughter: Relationship A-Z

laughter, relationship advice

We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh — Agnes Repplier Laughter A good sense of humour is the age-old joke of a quality that one asks for when writing an advert to find a partner in the personal column of the newspaper or an online dating site nowadays. However, no matter how cliche’ it may sound, a good sense of humour is a quality that we all need. Being able to laugh together can really help when[Read more]

K is for kindness: Relationship A-Z

Kindness in relationships

Just imagine how different the world could be if we all spoke to everyone with respect and kindness – Holly Branson Kindness may seem like a given when talking about the key to a healthy and happy relationship, but unfortunately, we can sometimes forget to be kind to those that are closest to us. When a relationship is going through a hard time and you seem to be arguing more than anything else, being kind to your partner is not[Read more]