Everyone wants to know the secret to a good relationship. We read about love languages, psychology, and even dabble in horoscopes and astrology in order to strengthen our bonds with that special someone.
The true key to a great relationship, though, is much simpler.
Kindness is the glue that holds together not only humanity, but romantic relationships, as well. In a study by psychologist John Gottman, thousands of couples were videotaped, their interactions analyzed and put down as quantifiable data. One of the most tangible findings was that the happier couples had a ratio of five positive interactions to every one negative—even in relationships that included distant or argumentative members.
When kindness outweighs negativity, happiness results. This is true in any kind of relationship—that with bosses, coworkers, friends, family, and strangers. But it is especially true in romantic relationships, where people expect to feel safe, and often allow themselves to be emotional vulnerable.
So to help you take you truly take care of your loved one, let’s take a look at 8 types of kindness that will improve any relationship.