Trust is the foundation for a solid relationship. Building it can be easy, but maintaining it takes a bit of work.
Trust is important in any relationship. It’s building an emotional bond between you and your partner. It is believing in one another and being free. Sometimes, trust can be shaky. But maintaining it will not only benefit you individually; it will also make your relationship even stronger.
By: Jason Suerte Felipe
Trust is a two-way street.
Have you ever felt upset or jealous when your partner tells you he or she is going out with friends without you?
Does it sometimes give you a feeling of doubt or anxiety? Oftentimes, this can result in an argument, an outpour of questions, and a test of your trust.
According to The Normal Bar, the world’s most extensive survey on romantic relationships, research has found that among 100,000 people, 39 percent of women completely trust their partners compared to 53 percent of men.
Why do we see such a difference of trust between men and women? Even in a solid relationship, trust is iffy. Having complete confidence in your partner can be a struggle, but it isn’t impossible.
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It is important for both you and your partner to trust and be trusted, to be honest, open, and vulnerable with each other. You both have to be willing to commit and must have the same level of understanding.
Build your foundation.
Trust is the foundation on which your relationship rests. Without it, everything will crumble.
Building trust takes patience and understanding. Understand that your partner may have different experiences and insecurities than you do, so building it may take time.
Trusting your partner builds your relationship and intimacy. Below are 5 ways to maintain trust in your relationship.
1. Be honest, even if it kills you
Nearly 75 percent of men and 71 percent of women have lied to their partner to one degree or another, with 59 percent of men and 56 percent of women lying about their feelings. We often feel the need to hide or alter the truth to be protective. But even well-intentioned lies can hurt. You and your partner have every right to hear the truth.
Honesty shows your commitment to one another. Yes, the truth can hurt sometimes.
But it’s better to bruise the heart with the truth, than to break it with a lie.
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2. Forgive, but don’t forget
We are not perfect. Mistakes will happen. But holding on to past mistakes and grudges will only destroy the trust you’ve been working so hard to build.
People find it easier to forget mistakes, but it’s important to remember them in order to learn and move on. Trust that those mistakes will not happen again. Depending on the severity of the mistake, we should be able to let go, accept each other’s flaws, learn from our mistakes, and forgive to trust.
3. Talk the talk, walk the walk
It’s one thing to say you trust each other, but quite another to actually follow through with it.
Oftentimes we say we trust someone, but our actions say otherwise. Prove that you and your partner trust each other. If your partner goes out with friends, don’t interrogate him or her, or assume anything happened. Take your partner’s word, as your partner will take yours.
4. Find a level of understanding
You are not your partner and your partner is not you.
Both of you have different perspectives and experiences. It’s important to learn how you and your partner differ. And if there is something in particular that bothers you, you and your partner should be able to communicate.
Don’t try to change each other. Understand each other. A mutual understanding leads to a stronger relationship.
Communication is one of the many important ingredients for a healthy relationship. You and your partner should not feel the need to hold back when discussing your relationship. If you have something to tell your partner, tell them. And if your partner has something to tell you, be willing to listen. Open communication makes your relationship healthier and stronger.
Trust is essential for you and your partner. It strengthens your relationship and connects people on a deeper, emotional level. Communicate with your partner and communicate trust.
Love cannot live where there is no trust.
What do you do to communicate trust? Share with us in the comments!