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[From Glamour.com]

Relationships require focus, and the chaotic bustle of day-to-day life is distracting. What’s a girl to do? Start with these five relationship strategies.

Independence Keeps Things Interesting

Doing everything together may sound romantic, but the reality is, well, a bit boring. If you each venture out on your own to explore new hobbies and friendships, you can come together to swap stories about twice as many new experiences.

Pick Your Battles

Do you find faults in each other… all the time? It’s time to take a step back for a better view of the big picture. Before you nitpick, ask yourself this question: “In the grand scheme of things, is this really important?” Your egos are equally as sensitive, and no one wants to be criticized constantly.

Forgive Each Other

It’s not a matter of who apologizes first. If you trust each other, you know that you generally have each other’s best interests at heart. Does that leave room for human error? Of course. Once you’ve acknowledged bruised feelings, recognize that the damage was not inflicted maliciously-and move on.

What are two more ways to be happy in your relationship? Find out here.

Sometimes, though, there’s just no saving a relationship. Find out here if yours is one of them.

What defines a relationship, anyway? Read some suggestions here.

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