Here are some tips on how to have a better relationship according to study

Shara Mae Balce
PUBLISHED November 21, 2017 04:58 pm

(Inside Manila) Healthy relationships don’t happen instantly. Good ones, as most gurus would say, take commitment, companionship, trust, forgiveness, effort, and most of all, love.


Whether you are in a complicated relationship status or happily married, noting some things on how to have a not-so-fairytale-like but satisfying relationship can take you off the stigma of #WalangForever.


In the 2017 study of British insurer Pru Life UK, the Philippines took the second spot in terms of personal relationship satisfaction among nine countries in Asia including Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Cambodia.


The Pru Life UK Relationship Index (PRI) showed that 79% of the Filipinos agreed that their relationships fulfilled their needs and expectations. Also, 72% of them believe that their love life will improve in the next five years making the Philippines the most optimistic in personal relationships.


Here are some things that absolutely every “mag-jowa” or couple needs to consider to have a lasting relationship:


Communication


Talking to each other and not keeping a secret from your partner is important in a relationship.


It is not necessary to tell everything to each other, according to experts, but saying the important things will take both of you to growing old together.


Relationship expert Dr. Margarita Holmes said that "self-disclosure is a dance. You say something about yourself to show you are interested. If you both honor the confidences, you can go deeper. The more you share, the deeper the relationship."


Talk about financial plans together


Financial responsibilities may differ depending on the couple. The PRI revealed that those who make financial plans together as well as those couples who are open with each other about their finances have higher relationship scores.


The PRI data also showed that couples who plan together believe that their personal finances will improve in the next five years than those who plan separately.


Be responsible


Being responsible requires both parties to exert an effort to nurture and maintain a healthy relationship through actions, attitudes, and emotional maturity.


Noting the gender concepts on the Asian culture, Holmes emphasized that "contrary to what we believe, there is no such thing as a male brain or a female brain," saying it is important that parents show their children that stereotypes are not true.


Laughter is the main factor for satisfaction in a relationship, based on the findings of PRI. It also revealed that couples who laugh together at least once a week have a higher relationship score that those who laugh less often.

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