Relationship advice, especially that from experienced people, can make a great deal of difference in long stability.
1. That just because a person is right or perfect for you that you may not be the right one for them.
2. Don’t compare your relationship to others.
3. No relationship is perfect and there will be conflict. What matters is the desire to solve the problem. Learn from Jim & Pam.
4. The grass is not greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it.
5. Don’t look for a girl you want to treat like a princess, look for a girl you want to treat like a partner.
6. Once you’re in a long-term relationship/marriage, never stop dating your significant other. There needs to be some sort of constant courtship to make them feel you still want them, even after all the months or years that you’ve been at each others side.
7. Don’t go into a relationship expecting to be made happy. You have to be able to be happy on your own first.
8. You’re not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm. Too many people suffer in an incompatible relationship for weak reasons.
9. Before you commit to a fight, ask yourself “is this the hill I want to die on?”
10. You can gauge a person’s love for you by how they treat you when they are upset with you. If your partner chooses to apologize (regardless if they are at fault or not) and move on (Rule #9), stick around.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” – Corinthians 13:4-8