By Hannah Comeaux, M.A, LPC, LMFT
Trust is a key part in increasing intimacy and building a stronger partnership. Often, past experiences and hurtful situations define our reliance on others and can create mistrust. Developing trust requires vulnerability and is a process that takes time. Here is a trust-building guide to relationship success.
Foster honest conversations with your spouse.
Having continuous open communication with your partner can increase your trust level. Take time to check in throughout the day. Start slow and let it naturally grow with time.
Evaluate negative thoughts that lead to mistrust with your partner.
Ask yourself if your current thoughts and feelings are related to their actions or your own doubt and insecurities.
Practice listening to your partner and learn to address issues before they turn into larger conflicts.
Don’t let arguments with your spouse go unresolved. Conflict in relationships is normal but reaching a resolution is key.
Forgive people from your past and be cautious not to bring negative experiences into your current relationship.
Lastly, avoid comparing your relationships and experiences with others. Remember, each relationship is unique. It takes time and dedication to build a trustworthy bond as you and your partner ensure a stronger connection.
Hannah Comeaux is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. Her passion is working with couples and families to restore and cultivate more meaningful relationships.