Everyone talks about love being so important in a marriage. But, I believe trust in a marriage is the essential cornertone for a successful marriage.
If there is one thing that is vital to any successful relationship, it’s trust. It makes sense to do what you can to improve trust if you want to be a happy couple. The funny thing is that the things we often think will work end up having the opposite effect. So, what can you do? You can start by following any of the following six tips to help you build trust in a relationship.
1– “Spice things up?” That’s what your well-meaning friends will try to tell you do at the first sign of trouble. While this may work in some cases, it may not be the best course of action if you are trying to gain more trust. What often works is being predictable. That’s because it goes hand in hand with expectations. It’s easier to trust somebody if you have some idea of what they will do in certain situations. That’s what we’re talking about here. You don’t have to be a boring, mindless machine, but do try to have some level of predictability.
2 – Congruity. What’s that? That’s just a fancy way of saying that you should say what you mean and mean what you say. No matter how good you think you are at saying something, if you don’t really feel that way your body language won’t match. Criminologists who specialize in lie detection are trained to spot these incongruities. If they can do it, how much better will your partner be at it? After all, they know you much better. Nobody likes a phony. So be sure your body language matches your words if you want to build trust in a relationship.
3 – Give to get. Ever wish your partner would trust you more? There’s one sure way to make that happen, and it’s by trusting them first. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re more trustworthy or not. It is incredibly difficult to trust somebody who doesn’t trust you. Believe in your partner. Try to catch your significant other telling the truth, and also operate from the expectation that they are telling the truth in the first place. It will help, and keep things running more smoothly.
4 – Be an open book. Keeping secrets is a form of dishonesty and is counterproductive to building trust. If it helps, assume your partner will find out eventually anyway; so they may as well learn the truth from you. Simple.
5 – What do you need? Your partner isn’t a mind reader. You have to be clear as to what your needs are, as to what you want, and so on. It’s also important to assert yourself when you need to. Again, don’t leave it to your partner to guess. They will usually be wrong and will lead to a loss of trust.
6 – Grow as a couple. Just like a garden, a relationship needs the right kind of care and cultivation for it to be bountiful Go through new experiences, good or bad, together. Be there for each other. By doing this you will deepen the level of trust in your relationship. Decide that it is indeed important to build trust in a relationship and work together to make it happen. You will be a stronger, happier couple as a result.
After 51 years of marriage I wholeheartedly agree. Particularly with #3. Even Adam (First Man) had to sacrifice a rib to get something he needed!
Hoping this helps,