marian_dingdong.jpgDingdong Dantes acknowledges that his relationship with Marian Rivera isn’t perfect, PEP.ph reports. When asked if he and Marian fight frequently, the actor admits that they do, just like any other couple. “Wala namang perpekto. Hindi naman all the time, sang-ayon ka sa lahat ng circumstances (No one’s perfect. You don’t have to agree with each other all the time)," he is quoted as saying. "Maaaring nangyayari talaga yun, pero ang importante, hindi siya nakakaapekto sa trabaho at nagiging maayos din ang lahat. (Sometimes, it really happens, but more importantly, it doesn’t affect work and everything gets fixed in the end.)"

Indeed, Marian and Dingdong’s relationship continues to go forward, perhaps precisely because they have healthy arguments. The only way to grow is to experience difficulties and overcome them. As Dingdong says about their relationship, “It gets better and better.”

No relationship is perfect, but certain traits must be present if you want to keep your relationship going. Here Female Network shares five essential elements in a healthy relationship.


MUTUAL RESPECT

R-E-S-P-E-C-T! It’s more than just a line in a song. Respect is an important building block of trust in a relationship. If your partner doesn’t value your opinions and interests, and more importantly, you as a person, then why bother staying together? You don’t have to agree with each other all the time, but learn to properly acknowledge each other’s differences. Are your opinions on an issue clashing? Show your dedication to the relationship by talking it over until you reach a compromise that will benefit you both.


RETAINING YOUR IDENTITY


They say you start looking and acting more like your partner the more you spend time with each other, but this doesn’t mean your sense of self should be overpowered by his. If your life starts revolving around just him and it becomes a struggle to hang onto your own identity, it may be time to reevaluate. Yes, by being in a relationship, you are sharing yourself with your partner, but this does not mean your personal goals and friendships should be pushed aside. You're still you.


BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE FREELY


If you find yourself second-guessing your statements around your partner, think about why you're reacting this way. Does he make you feel insecure? Are you afraid he won’t like what you’re going to say? Start being more honest because not saying anything will only hurt you both in the long run. The problems won’t get fixed if the other party isn’t aware of them. Trust us, the only way he’s going to find out exactly what you find problematic about your relationship is if you tell him—he’s not a mind reader and neither are you.


ENOUGH INTERACTION

Make time for each other. Life is always busy and if you don’t pencil in your man into your jampacked schedule, you’ll find that, before you know it, you only see him for a few minutes in the morning and next to you in bed at night. Show each other that you care by making time. Go out on dates, text him sweet nothings, surprise him at work—be cheesy if you need to be. You’ll be surprised by how much you don’t know about your partner even when you live with each other or see each other every day, so keep the interaction constant and the flame burning.


COMMITMENT TO WORK THROUGH EXISTING ISSUES


And, by that, we don’t mean your partner’s personality quirks—hey, he can love sappy romances and you your Asian horror movies, and still tell each other, “I love you” at night. We mean that both of you should accept each other’s problems and be willing to work through them together, no matter how difficult it gets. Is he going through a tough time because of family? Is he an alcoholic? Ask for help—don’t abandon him in his time of need.

(Photos courtesy of PEP.ph)

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