6 Unconventional Ways to Ensure a Happy Relationship

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#3. Separate Beds and Even Bedrooms Might Be the Key

Sleeping separately is becoming a trend among lovers. In fact, a survey in 2017 found that a full quarter of married couples do so. While there is a lot of societal pressure to share a bed and room based on the automatic assumption that couples who don’t must be having romantic issues, research has actually found that couples sleep better when they’re alone.

Many couples find themselves resenting each other over issues like rolling around and hogging the blankets during sleep. Though there isn’t a lot of research on the matter, it’s been speculated that this kind of behavior can have a negative impact on the romantic side of a relationship. However, with a bit of planning, you can have the best of both worlds: intimacy and peaceful sleep.

#2. You Don’t Always Have to Eat the Same Meals

Dining together — especially after a long day at work — is the perfect way to connect with your partner. But there’s no rule that says you need to eat the exact same thing.

Just as you would typically order different courses when you dine out at a restaurant, it’s perfectly okay to prepare separate meals. Perhaps you love meat but your partner is a vegetarian or even (gasp!) vegan! Or he/she loves spicy food while you prefer something that tastes really boring.