Relationships are built on love – but the strength of a relationship is dependent on sacrifices. When you’re seriously dating someone, you will inevitably need to make some sacrifices for them. This means sometimes doing things you don’t exactly want to do that you know will make your partner happy. But it’s important to keep in mind that a relationship is also a two-way street – you shouldn’t be the only one making sacrifices. Your partner needs to make them as well.
In case you don’t believe me, a recent study confirms that sacrifices are important in any relationship. Research found that people who are willing to make sacrifices are more satisfied with their relationships, while those who aren’t are less satisfied. This makes a lot of sense. Two selfish people dating equals disaster.
This doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice everything. In fact, there are a lot of things you should never make compromises about, even with the person you’re dating. There are also things that you need to sacrifice. How do you know the difference? You can keep reading! Here are 8 sacrifices you absolutely need to make in a relationship:
Some Of Your Alone TimeVery independent girls, listen up: being in a relationship will mean sacrificing some of your precious alone time. I know that, for me, when I started dating someone after years of being single, this was hard. Suddenly, I didn't have as much time for reading, binge watching TV shows or napping as I used to. It took a while to adjust, but I've finally got a good schedule down. Seriously dating someone means sacrificing some of your time for them. Of course, you should still keep some alone time scheduled for yourself. Not everything should be about your partner! But you will definitely have less of it than before. And if you're not going to sacrifice that, well... it's going to be really difficult to make a relationship work. Source: ShutterStock
Seeing The Movie You Don't Really Want To SeeSometimes, when you're dating someone, you have to do things you don't really want to do. You have to do some of these things because they make your partner happy. That doesn't mean sexual things you're not interested in or anything that makes you uncomfortable. It just means that sometimes you have to let him pick the movie, and agree to watch it even if it wouldn't have been your first choice. It means sometimes you have to let him pick where you're going for dinner, even if you're not exactly thrilled with that restaurant choice. And all of THAT means that he has to do the same for you. It should be a give and take type of deal. Source; ShutterStock
Dealing When He's In A Bad Mood SometimesA relationship means that you sometimes will have to deal with your partner's crappy mood (just like he'll sometimes have to deal with yours). Even if he's being a little snippy, you'll have to deal with him after he's had a really bad day - and you'll have to support him and try to make him feel better. Is that annoying? Yeah, but it's part of being there for somebody. He should do the same for you when you're in a bad mood. Now, if he gets in a bad mood that involves him verbally or physically abusing you - you should never put up with that. I'm just talking about dealing with a little bit of attitude here. Source: ShutterStock
Some Of Your Friend TimeRemember what I said about losing some of your alone time? Yeah, well you're going to lose some of your friend time too. A relationship comes out of nowhere and takes up a lot of time, so other things get pushed back. This absolutely does not mean you should ditch your friends. You should definitely still make time for them and talk to them. But you'll have to come to terms with the fact that you probably won't be able to see them as much as you used to. Source; ShutterStock
Flirting Fun With OthersIf you're a naturally flirty person, listen up: I know flirting with people is fun, but it's something you'll need to stop doing once you're in a relationship. A little bit of harmless flirting once in a while is just that... harmless. But no more serious flirting with guys who actually like you or trying to get with you. Would you like if your boyfriend was doing that behind your back? Probably not. So don't do it to him. Source: ShutterStock
Always Getting Exactly What You WantWhen you're in a relationship, things can never be just about you. It doesn't work that way. This means that sometimes you'll have to sacrifice getting exactly what you want. You can't always win every single argument. You can't force him to do all of the things that you want to do without ever compromising to do things he wants to do. You can't always have your way. Sometimes, you need to swallow your pride and move on. Learn to recognize the difference between something you need to compromise on, and something you need to stick to your guns about. Source: ShutterStock
Some Of Your MoneyYou know that old-fashioned idea that the guy pays for everything? Yeah, get rid of that. It's 2014. You need to pay for stuff too. Being in a relationship can get expensive if your dates all involve dinner and movies, or things like that. Be willing to sacrifice some of your hard-earned dollars to pay for dinner sometimes or to buy his movie ticket once in a while. Again, this should be give and take. Source: ShutterStock
Things That Make Him Very UncomfortableThis one is tricky, but basically, you should probably sacrifice doing things that make him uncomfortable. In the end, though, you also need to focus on what makes you happy. Don't give up things you really don't want to do without for this guy. That will only make you bitter and angry. Is he uncomfortable with your very close relationship with your ex? Try to make things work - but if this new guy is important to you, you may need to give that up. Is he uncomfortable with you talking to any guy in general? That's possessive, and not something you should tolerate. Source: ShutterStock
Do you agree or disagree with these sacrifices? What kind of sacrifices have you made for a relationship? What did I forget to include? Tell me in the comments.