It’s about that time of year where we all start thinking of new years resolutions. There’s just something about the beginning of a fresh new year that makes you feel like you can do anything and be anything. January 1 brings the possibility of finally doing all of the things you’ve been thinking about doing for the last few months, and becoming a better person.
I firmly believe that new years resolutions should be about much more than just “I want to lose weight” or “I’m going to start going to the gym.” New years resolutions should be about improving yourself and your life in many different ways, not just trying to make yourself look good. This goes for your relationships too. If you’re in a long-term relationship, there are probably some things you need to work on, no matter how happy you are. Here are 10 new years resolutions to make if you’re in a relationship.
Go Out MoreOnce you're happily involved in a long-term relationship, you and your significant other get comfortable enough with each other that "dates" turn into sitting on the couch watching Netflix or taking naps together. These aren't dates. It's just hanging out, and it's completely fine, but... you guys should try to go out more. Once a week, go somewhere together. It doesn't matter if you're getting a fancy dinner or just going out on an ice cream date, or even just taking a walk somewhere. Just do something different! Source: ShutterStock
Put The Phones AwayCell phones are wonderful but they're also an evil time suck. How many times have you hung out with your boo only to realize that you've both been sitting there staring at your cell phones for the last 45 minutes? It's not okay. Agree that this year will be the year you put your cell phones away more. I'm not saying you can't touch them whenever you're together, but agree to designate time where the cell phones disappear and you just focus on each other. Source: ShutterStock
Try New Things TogetherEven when you're making it a point to go out once a week, it's still easy to turn that into a routine. My boyfriend and I have these two restaurants we love, and we were constantly going to one or the other when we realized we needed to shake things up. Try doing new things with your significant other - things neither of you have done before. Try a new hobby or sport or go to a brand new restaurant. You can make a new recipe together or go on a hike somewhere you've never been. It's exciting and will make your bond stronger. Source: ShutterStock
Make Out MoreOnce you've been dating someone for a while and you two are having sex, you stop kissing as much. If you're not having sex, disregard this - I'm sure you're making out more than enough. But if you ARE, you'll probably notice that sex goes like this: kiss for two minutes, then get into the real stuff. And just straight up makeout sessions? Probably pretty rare. But kissing is super important! Make it a point to do it more in 2015. Source: ShutterStock
Give Yourselves More Time On Your OwnJust like it's important to build your bond, it's also important for each of you to have your own time to relax on your own. If you two have been spending a ton of time together, vow to make 2015 the year that you have more alone time. Source: ShutterStock
Compliment Each Other MoreWhen you first start dating someone, everything is a compliment and everything that person says to you feels like the best thing anyone has ever said to you. But once you've been dating for a while, that kind of fades away. Make 2015 the year you bring it back! Promise each other that you'll give more compliments. Source: ShutterStock
Listen To Each OtherNo matter how close you are, it's easy to forget how important listening is to a relationship. It's easy to let it fall to the side. Promise each other that you'll listen more in the new year. It will really strengthen your relationship. Source: ShutterStock
Find A New Couple FriendIt's always really awesome to have a good, solid couple friend for you and your S.O. to hang out with. It's nice to do things with just the two of you, but it's fun to do things with a little group sometimes. Plus, it's so fun to have a bestie whose boyfriend is besties with yours! Source: ShutterStock
Actually Work On Your IssuesEvery couple has their own issues, no matter how happy they may seem. Address whatever it is and really, genuinely work on it this year. Don't push it to the side or try to forget about them. Source: ShutterStock
Communicate Instead Of FightingI'm always preaching about how communication is the most important part of a relationship. But when it comes down to it, communicating honestly can be really hard, even with the person you trust the most. Make it a point to communicate more in the new year, for the good of your relationship and also yourself. Source: ShutterStock
Which of these are you thinking about making? Which do you disagree with? What did I forget to include? Tell me in the comments.