Don't Compare Your Relationship

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue
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When dating someone, it might be difficult not to compare your relationship with that of your friends. However, doing this can in some instances cause issues in a relationship or even cause a relationship to fail. So, how do you deal with the conversations that you have with your friends about your love life? The answer may be different for everyone, but here are a few suggestions.

1. Keep your personal business personal.

There are some things that you might discuss with your partner that are supposed to be between the two of you. It is important to differentiate between what is okay to share and what is not. You might want to talk to your partner to establish these boundaries and make sure that both of you agree to be considerate of them. There is no need to break trust in a relationship due to a conversation, so be mindful of each other's feelings.

2. Don't assume your relationship should be just like your friend's relationship.

Though your friend and you might be close, you two are very different people. Therefore, don't assume that what is happening in their relationship should be happening in yours. Things will be different for every couple.

3. Focus on the positives.

Try to focus on the positive aspects of your relationship while talking to your friends. This might help you appreciate the good things that are going on between you and your partner instead of putting yourself in a positive where you focus on all of the shortcomings. Focusing on the good things can assist you in maintaining a positive attitude and help you appreciate the bond you have with your other half.

Everyone has a different kind of relationship that works for them. Your relationship doesn't have to look like someone else's and your decisions don't have to be the same. Remember you got together with your partner, because that is what works for you.

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Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue writes lifestyle articles.

Omaha, NE

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