Today, Lucy, Jamie, and Avery talk about three key and interconnected ingredients for healthy, romantic relationships — closeness, connection/emotional intimacy, and friendship. We discuss what it means to be close and connected with your partners, the costs of intimacy, and we give pointers on how to strengthen intimacy and friendship in your romantic relationship.
Do try this at home:
- To foster friendship and connection with your partner, touch base with your partner a few times a day by phone, email, or text. It’s best for these interactions to be supportive, friendly, and engaging rather than trying to tackle major issues or continuing an argument.
- Set aside intentional time to be with your partner and do something fun!
- Remember things that you do well with your partner and do those activities to reconnect with your partner.