As we bid farewell to the past year, it’s an opportune time to reflect on our experiences and set new goals for the upcoming year. While individuals often focus on personal resolutions, it is equally important for couples to establish relationship-centered resolutions. By consciously investing in your bond, you can strengthen your connection, deepen your love, and create a happier, more fulfilling future together. So, let’s explore some impactful resolutions that couples can adopt to enhance their relationship in the new year.

1. Communication is Key

One of the most crucial resolutions every couple should make is to prioritize open and effective communication. Regularly set aside quality time to engage in meaningful conversations. This means actively listening to your partner, expressing your thoughts and feelings honestly, and fostering an environment of understanding and empathy. Remember to communicate not just about daily routines but also about your hopes, dreams, and any concerns you might have. By doing so, you’ll build a foundation of trust, respect, and emotional intimacy (Bosch et al., 2007).

2. Quality Time Together

In today’s hectic world, it is easy for couples to get caught up in their individual pursuits and forget to spend quality time together. This year, commit to nurturing your relationship by scheduling regular date nights or couple’s activities. Whether it’s a simple walk in the park, cooking together, or exploring new hobbies, prioritising quality time allows you to reconnect, deepen your bond, and create cherished memories (Parker-pope, 2022).

3. Practice Gratitude

Expressing gratitude can have a transformative effect on any relationship. Make it a resolution to regularly acknowledge and appreciate your partner’s efforts, strengths, and contributions. By practicing gratitude, you’ll develop a deeper sense of appreciation for each other, strengthen your emotional connection, and create a positive atmosphere within your relationship (Bosch et al., 2007).

4. Continual Growth

Healthy relationships thrive on growth and personal development. Encourage one another to pursue individual goals and dreams, supporting each other along the way. By allowing space for personal growth, couples can maintain a sense of independence while also growing and evolving as a team. Embrace challenges together, promote self-improvement, and celebrate each other’s accomplishments (Parker-pope, 2022).

5. Emotional Support

Another important resolution for strengthening your relationship is to be there for each other emotionally. This means being mindful of each other’s emotional well-being, providing support during difficult times, and celebrating each other’s successes. Create a safe space where you can express vulnerability, share your fears, and find comfort in one another. By fostering emotional support, you’ll develop a stronger, more intimate connection (Bosch et al., 2007).

6. Resolve Conflicts Constructively

Every relationship encounters conflicts and disagreements from time to time. This year, commit to resolving conflicts in a constructive manner. Instead of focusing on winning arguments, strive for effective communication, active listening, and finding common ground. Practice empathy and compromise, valuing your partner’s perspective, and seeking resolutions that benefit both parties. Remember, a healthy conflict resolution strategy can strengthen the foundation of your relationship (Parker-pope, 2022).

As we embark on a new year, let’s seize the opportunity to strengthen our relationships. By making conscious resolutions, such as prioritizing communication, spending quality time together, practicing gratitude, fostering growth, offering emotional support, and resolving conflicts constructively, we can build deeper connections and create a more fulfilling and loving partnership. Embrace these resolutions together, and watch your relationship thrive in the coming year. Cheers to a stronger, happier, and more fulfilling relationship!

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Yasmine Bonnici graduated in Nursing and also completed her Masters in Counselling. She has worked with victims of domestic violence, clients dealing with suicidal ideations, bereavement, separation and anxieties. She is currently working with Willingness Team as a counsellor seeing clients who would like to explore their own identity and deal with any surfacing issues.


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Parker-pope, T. (2022) 7 simple exercises to strengthen your relationship, The New York Times. Available at: (Accessed: 17 October 2023).