According to Dr. John Gottman, successful relationships have a sense of shared meaning. This refers to having a meaningful relationship with your partner that has a spiritual dimension and is full of rituals for connection. Here are 4 ways to build more shared meaning in to your relationship:
- Share a common dream or vision for life – this can help you to avoid focusing on the day-to-day frustrations in life and stay focused on something bigger that you share.
- Talk about your shared vision. Taking time to discuss your shared dreams can make you feel closer to one another.
- Create daily or weekly rituals for connection. Make time to do activities together that you both enjoy. Prioritize quality time together – this can be as simple as checking in with each other in the morning about your days before you go your separate ways.
- Implement your shared goals. Seeing these in action can help to provide a greater sense of purpose and strengthen your relationship.
Source: The Gottman Institute.