15 Essential Rules for a Successful Relationship

Every relationship has some rules which decide how the relationship is going to be. Let’s look at some rules for a healthy relationship so that yours turns out to be a success

Last Update on March 7, 2024 : Published on April 7, 2023
Essential Rules for a Successful Relationship

What makes a relationship strong? What makes it last long? Have you ever thought of the reason behind successful relationships? Well, many people claim to follow some rules for a healthy relationship and apparently that helps.

Can you believe it? Just some relationship rules can help you make your relationship a success. We see so many people who seem perfect for each other fail to manage their relationships. Can it be because they have no rules in your relationship?

We all know having some boundaries or rules in life can make our life stress and complication free. Likewise, having rules in relationships can make your relationships easier to manage and keep them stronger for longer.

Today we are going to look at some essential rules for relationships that can help you make your relationship a success.

Want to know the secret behind successful relationships?  Here you go…

Relationship Guidelines: 15 Relationship Rules For Couples

1. Love unconditionally

Everything is conditional these days but you should love unconditionally. Do not put conditions in your relationship. Don’t love your partner for the things they do for you or how much they love you. Love them for who they are and nothing else. Unconditional love might be rare these days but it’s not impossible to love without any conditions.

2. Prioritize your relationship

When you are in a relationship it is important to make your partner feel heard, loved, and valued. To do so you will need to make your relationship a priority. If nothing matters more than the person you love then why can’t we let it top our priority list? If you are working hard to provide a better life for your family, make sure you are there for them when they need you the most.

3. Communication is key

Communication is key to any healthy relationship. Always encourage open and honest communication in your relationship because it will help you avoid all misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Frequent communication can reduce conflict in your relationship and help you build strong bonds and trust.

4. Hug them as much as you can

Do you know how powerful hugs are? When you hug your partner without even saying a word, it works as an emotional and well as physical band aid. A single hug can heal a deep wound because it releases oxytocin, the love hormone. Not just that, the physical touch of a simple hug has the potential to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone).

5. Keep it spicy

Sexual interactions play a very important role in keeping a relationship healthy. One of the most important rules of a relationship is to always keep it spicy. Try to keep your sex life as active as your routine activities are. Keep it active but impromptu, do not schedule it. It will make your partner feel attractive and help you strengthen your bond.

6. Keep some time for just the two of you

One of the most essential rules of a relationship is to spend quality time with your partner as much as you can. Now, you need to understand that staying with your partner under a roof doesn’t mean you’re spending time with them.

You need to specifically sit down with them and have a heart-to-heart conversation or take them on a drive or indulge in things your partner enjoys, etc. Spending time with your partner means doing something with them that you don’t do every day.

7. Be honest with your partner

I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times but it is one of those rules of a relationship that is worth repeating a million times. Harmless, tiny lies that protect your partner can still work but try to avoid lying or cheating in your relationship.

Being honest is the only way you can build trust in your relationship. Without trust, no relationship can last long.

Also read: Self-Disclosure In Relationships: Risks & Benefits

8. Be critical without hurting your partner

It’s important to guild your partner if they are going wrong. There is nothing wrong in criticizing your partner but make sure you don’t hurt their feelings. Know their attitude and find a perfect way to tell your partner about their mistakes. It’s not good to poke them when they are vulnerable but you can calm them down and give them a logical explanation of what they should do instead.

9. Don’t avoid arguments, they are healthy

I’ve heard many couples claim that they don’t argue and that pricks me. Arguments are not necessarily bad for your relationships. It is an emotional expression and we should allow ourselves to do so. Arguments help us understand what is bothering our partner and vice-versa. No argument means that the relationship is hollow and you don’t find your partner worthy of your anger also. Therefore, have arguments but keep them healthy.

10. Have their back

It is very important for your partner to feel safe and secure in your relationship. The best way to build security in a relationship is to always have their back whatsoever. No matter how strong your partner is, always be there for them. A successful relationship has always had both partners stand for each other in tough and good times.

11. Appreciate and compliment your partner

We have spoken about a lot of relationship rules for couples and this one is the easiest to follow. When you are in a relationship, make sure you always appreciate and recognize your partner’s efforts.

They are making efforts just for you, therefore it’s your duty to appreciate them. If your partner is looking good, tell them! If the food they cooked is yummy, tell them! Never forget to compliment and appreciate your partner even if you’ve been together for eons.

12. Time some time for yourself

You read it right, ‘me time’ is very important to keep any relationship healthy. Me time is a very important rule for a healthy relationship and it allows you to rejuvenate. Being in love doesn’t mean you have to cling to each other all the time.

Just like you take out time for your partner and make them feel loved and valued, you need to take out time for yourself too. The happier you feel, the better your relationship is going to be.

13. Never forget to celebrate

It might sound silly but celebrating each milestone in your relationship can actually make your relationship even stronger. No matter how old you have grown together, always do something special to celebrate special occasions. You can go on a date with your partner or throw a party or simply watch a movie in your pajamas and make noodles for them. Celebration is important, it doesn’t matter how you choose to do it.

14. Make way for mistakes and forgiveness

We are all humans and making mistakes is very natural. If your partner makes a mistake and realizes it, do not wait long to forgive them. Being able to forgive your partner will not only make your partner happy but also make you happy. Forgiveness is very important; you never know what will happen next.

15. Do not take them for granted

This is relationship rule no. 1 Never take your partner for granted. No matter how many years have passed or how new your relationship is, assuming that your partner will always understand (even if they do) is not right. Always give them an explanation for your absence and make up for the lost time and effort.

Also read: 10 Green Flags In A Relationship : Moving To Healthy Relationship

That’s All Folks!

I hope you found this blog about 15 essential rules for a successful relationship helpful, interesting, and thought-provoking. Do share this blog with your friends and family so that we all know where we went wrong and what rules for relationships should we follow.

Thanks for reading.

Take care and stay safe.

About The Author

Kirti Bhati
Kirti Bhati

I am an English literature (major) and psychology (minor) graduate from St. Bede’s College, Shimla. Postgraduate in Clinical psychology from IIS University, Jaipur. She has published a Research paper on Music therapy in the military population and Workplace stress in a national seminar conducted by Fortis hospital (gurugram) and international seminar conducted by St. Bede’s College, Shimla, Respectively. Authored a dissertation work on ‘effect of social media addiction on the mental and physical well-being in adolescents’ Currently working at calm sage as a writer.

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