Although there is still a lot of sexism in our society today, the dynamics between men and women in relationships together has changed for the better. Of course, there are exceptions, but generally speaking, men and women within a relationship believe themselves to be equal. The dynamic does vary between couples, but the best kinds of relationships, the healthiest that are built to last, are those that have a balanced power dynamic. Still, relationships are not easy to maintain. They require a remarkable amount of focus and heaps of effort. Thankfully, some relationships do work out better than others and are more easily maintained. Nonetheless, there is no relationship between two human beings that does not require these practices to weather the storm that is life.
Research shows that communication style is more important than commitment levels, personality traits or stress in predicting which couples will stay happy. Healthy couples don’t avoid conflict, but they do know how to keep the lines of communication open. Happy couples know that the best conversations happen without the distraction of phones, tablets and laptops.