How to Show Commitment in a Relationship
Want to take your relationship to the next level? It’s time to commit. Commitment means being proactive and protective of your love, showing your partner loyalty and forging a deep-rooted foundation of trust that lasts a lifetime. While your words matter a whole lot, commitment is all about your actions. In other words: show, don’t tell. Sometimes, it’s the gestures — both big and small — that best show your commitment to the person you love. Here are some great ways to show your commitment to a relationship.
Consider the Promise Ring — Perfect for the couple that’s somewhere in between casual dating and marriage, the promise ring is a visual indicator of your commitment. To make it personal, select one of our silicone rings and customize it with something that speaks to you and your significant other. Choose a ring and then add your 12 characters of engraving. We love the idea of initials, the date you met or a special word.
Say ‘Good Morning’ and ‘Goodnight’ — This is such a small thing, but one that goes a long way. If you don’t live together, make sure you call or text your partner before you go to bed and after you wake up. These little communications indicate that you want your partner involved in every aspect of your life and that you’re happy to put forth a bit of effort. Plus, the experts say that saying “good night” every night, even on bad days or when you’re not getting along, can strengthen your bond and forge a long-lasting relationship.
Have Standing Dates — Commitment is, at its core, all about making promises and keeping them, right? With this in mind, one great way to show your dedication to the other person is to set standing dates and keep them. You could set monthly date nights one Friday each month, commit to watching the games of all your favorite sports teams or plan dinner together a few nights a week. Another great way to spend time together is to join a recreational league as a pair, such as kickball, tennis or bar trivia.
Get a Shared Tattoo — Getting a tattoo together can be a massive symbol of love, respect and commitment. Still, there are some very serious caveats to consider. Remember, you’ll be explaining your tattoo for the rest of your life, so thoroughly think it through. Be sure to follow these rules before you get a couples’ tat:
-No names, dates or portraits of each other.
-Get a tattoo that means something to you individually and together, and something you’ll love even if your relationship ends.
-Keep it small and inconspicuous. No face or hand tattoos!
-Choose something that has multiple meanings.
Wear Your Partner’s Name Around Your Neck — Prefer something a bit more temporary? Wearing a piece of custom jewelry is a great way to go. We already mentioned our silicone rings, which can be engraved with your partner’s name, but we also adore the idea of a commitment-inspired necklace. Wear your partner’s name on a script necklace or a dog tag so it’s always close to your heart.
Take Care of Something Together — Commitment is about doing things for your partner and spending time together even when you don’t want to. Nothing prepares you for this more than taking responsibility for something as a pair. Start off with something small and manageable, such as a plant, a virtual pet or a goldfish. More demanding pets can bring so much joy to your life, but you need to make sure you’re 100 percent prepared for the cost and commitment before you adopt a dog or cat together. Never adopt a pet simply because you think it might strengthen your relationship.
Make Commitments Together — Whether you commit to a fun evening out with friends, a regular volunteering activity or a big vacation, making plans — and sticking to them — can strengthen a couple’s relationship. Emphasize the importance of these commitments by always showing up on time and being enthusiastic about the activity.
Making a commitment to one another is important to advance to the next level of intimacy, whether you’re just getting serious or have been married for years. Any of the thoughtful gestures above is sure to help you express your loyalty so your partner feels deeply loved and secure!