1. Be Honest With Her
This piece of advice is perhaps the most cliche one, but it just works. Honesty is the pillar that keeps everything else together in your relationship. If you don’t reinforce this core pillar every single day, it’ll slowly crumble.
Now, remember that being sincere doesn’t mean being utterly frank. There’s a huge difference between “you look better in other dresses sweetie” and “that dress looks absolutely horrible on you”. You don’t want to be ruthlessly transparent, unless you and your S.O. agree that it’s an important part of your relationship.
Otherwise, share your thoughts and opinions, but in a respectful and neutral way. You want to create quality conversations, not seem like you’re set on arguing. In other words, don’t treat your partner like they’re a fragile being who can’t take the truth, but don’t be downright mean with them either.
2. Make Time for Her
Couple life is all about bringing two individual halves into a complete whole. If you want unrestricted freedom and to do whatever you want, when you want to do it, you should maybe reconsider being in a relationship.
Healthy & growth-focused romantic relationships should never make you feel “leashed”, but you have to acknowledge that you now have a degree of responsibility too. If you haven’t spent time with your girlfriend in 3 days, it’s inconsiderate to just go to another round of beers with the boys in the evening.
If you care about the relationship and want it to work, show your girlfriend or wife that you want to spend time together and have fun. Of course, you can still have fun on your own or just with your friends, but not always.
Actively choosing to stay with your girlfriend rather than do something else is one of the greatest trust builders.
3. Adopt a Transparent Lifestyle
If you ever think that your partner isn’t going to understand why you’re doing something, so you decide to hide it from them, just stop. Please, just stop. Sharing your life with someone means letting them inside your soul.
Do you like to spend $100 on Legos sometimes? Perhaps you make sporting bets within reason? Do you get really drunk some nights with your friends? Don’t be ashamed of who you are, as long as you’re in control of your habits.
Tell your girlfriend what you’re doing; because if you don’t, she’s going to inevitably start guessing herself. That’s one road you don’t want to go down on, because she can reach conclusions that are way worse than what you’re actually doing.
4. Be Understanding
When your wife is just venting her frustrations, you don’t need to provide a solution. We know it’s counter-intuitive, but it’s what you should do. This isn’t something to be solved by you; you just have to show you’re there for her to listen and to empathize.
She just needs to let things off her chest. If she wants your help with it, she’ll ask. Otherwise, she’ll feel as if you don’t truly care about her emotions, only about the underlying problem and how to fix it.
5. Answer Her Texts
We know you’re busy, but so is your significant other. If she makes time to reach out to you during the day to see how you’re doing, so can you. Replying to texts, or especially being the one to initiate the conversation, shows that you’re thinking about her no matter what else is going on.
This will make her feel valued, appreciated and respected.
6. Don’t be Late!
For your date, for important appointments, for an event you’re going to either with her or with a group; just overall, don’t be late. If you’re not on time when you have to meet up, you’re signaling that being there isn’t a priority for you, or that you just don’t care that much.
It might not be true at all, and you just missed the bus or had car troubles, but leaving 15 minutes early will always pay off when she smiles at seeing you there. If you can’t help it and are going to be late no matter what, text or call to let her know.
7. Stop Keeping Secrets
Women have an uncanny talent for just knowing when you’re keeping a secret. Perhaps it’s the renowned female intuition! No matter the explanation though, getting caught up in a complicated lie or in a secret won’t end well for you.
Now, we’re not saying to just say out loud everything that goes through your mind, because we all have weird thoughts better kept to ourselves. Go for a 90 – 10 percentage, where the 90% is the disclosure.
For example, if you’re in a restaurant together, and your ex happens to be close to your table, just tell your partner that! What’s the worst that could happen? You leave the restaurant. Instead, if she finds out herself, you could get into an argument about it.
8. Show Interest in Her Passions
Another great thing you can do to make your girlfriend trust you is sharing her interests. You don’t have to be as passionate about them as she is, only to show willingness to partake. After all, you’d love for her to be interested in what you like too, right?
The trick is keeping the give-and-take balanced. If you see her really involved in something, start asking questions and let her “initiate” you into the hobby. You’ll see she’ll do the same!
9. Meet Her Friends
Friends are an essential part of who we are and how we lead our lives. Plan some activities together; just you, her, and who she wants. There’s plenty of time to meet up together with your friends as well, but become a part of her group too.
Don’t try to be liked too hard though, as you’re not interviewing for a job. Just be yourself! Your S.O. likes you as you are, so her friends will too.
10. Trust Her Yourself
No matter if you want to make your wife trust you more, or your girlfriend, you have to reciprocate. If she tells you she’s going out with friends, don’t follow-up with “who else is going?” or “where are you going to?”.
That will make you seem controlling and suspicious. Place faith in your partner, and faith will be placed back in you. You’re in a relationship together to share love and affection, not to investigate each other’s whereabouts or activities.
We suggest you go with a “have fun!” or “tell them I said hi!” when your S.O. is going out with friends.
One Last Piece of Advice
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