Anything with a strong and healthy foundation will last longer, and that is the case of a relationship. Trust is one of the building blocks of the relationship, and as the title says, trust is built/earned, from day one how the couples interact and set terms and deal with each other that trust is being built.
Build trust in a relationship by starting to trust yourself, and your loved one, respect their choices and show them that you honor your commitment toward one another, their choices, ideas, and point of views.
We have to keep in mind that when we say “trust”, we don’t always refer to the sexual terms between the couples; trust is to be faithful sexually and emotionally while respecting and loving each other without any ulterior motives.
Start by Being and Staying Faithful
Without faithfulness and loyalty, the relationship will deteriorate quickly and becomes more and more unbearable for the couples. Being faithful to your significant other is essential to build up the relationship on all levels. When you are in a relationship, you and your partner essentially commit to one another and basically say that you will be loyal and supportive to one another, not only physically, also emotionally as Drs. Evelyn and Paul Moschetta explained.
Couples have to be clear based on what stage in their relationship, to what are the boundaries of the relationship. Some of these are common sense and obvious, possibly defined by the culture of the couples and social surroundings, and others have to be clarified between the couples.
Above all, stay honest and discuss with your partner any behavior that has bothered you, and you might have considered unfaithful while keeping an open mind toward the other point of view. Such form of healthy communication will help build the boundaries and trust in the relationship and prevent future problems.
Learn the Art of Keeping Secrets
The art of keeping secrets, that would be one of the most important points to build trust in a relationship. By keeping secrets, I don’t mean keeping secrets of each other, what I actually mean is don’t keep secrets from each other.
Remember the honesty tip being from the important tips for couples in a relationship, with honesty, you have to keep your partner informed and don’t keep secrets from each other, especially ones that could and will affect your future together.
One more rule of thumb here, keep whatever secrets shared between you, a secret, respect the trust your partner gave you and honor it, and only talk about the subject if they brought it up.
Be and Stay Honest without Ulterior Motives
Honesty again, at all times keep it clean in your relationship and build on top of honesty it’s healthier and easier to maintain and honest relationship, on contrary of lies that will put stress on you and your partner and will turn your relationship to hell.
Partners have to love and be with each other for whom they are and without any ulterior motive, and you have to both trust each other that you don’t have such a motive. This kind of trust is earned with honesty and with the promotion of a relationship atmosphere full of safety, security, and lack of possessiveness over the other.
Communicate and Often Share
Communication must be labeled the golden rule of relationships, without proper communication, we can never interact with each other. Communication is mostly verbal as we know, yet what we tend to ignore most of the time is the non-verbal communication which is done mostly using our body language.
Couples have to always keep the channel of communication open, discuss and argue together, keeping in mind that you are both working toward the best solution and the better end result for both, you are both sailing the same ship, you cannot fight over the steering direction. And the golden rule of communication in relationships is to do it in person for all important subjects and topics, not via text, or even phone, it has to be face to face.
Remember, most of our communication happens nonverbal, hence our opinion and point of view will not fully come across to the other person, and will not be fully understood.
Mistakes Happen, Learn to Forgive
Conflicts, misunderstandings, and disagreements happen, we, human-beings, always make mistakes, we are not perfect. It is important to always stay till the end, follow through, understand each other and try to help each other across the bad times without threatening of abandoning or breaking the relationship.
Forgiveness is not easy, yet if you forgive that is a sign of power and great understanding. Accept that as you can make mistakes, your partner will. Learn to forgive and accept the apology, and move forward toward building a relationship of trust and love.
As I mentioned in the 5 Important Relationship Tips for Couples, “a couple in a relationship is like two separate steel plates touching each other, without fire/heat they cannot be welded together…”
When you treat your relationship with respect and understanding, the trust will follow and will grow over time. All that you have to do is to show trust in your partner, follow through on your promises, be respectful and understanding in your disagreements, be faithful and most importantly learn to forgive often.
Trust is another way to say to your partner I love and cherish you. Trust that you can rely on your partner and your partner can rely on you. Have faith in your relationship and in your partner abilities, that will help you move forward together to a better and happy life together.
Keep an open mind and keep things positive.