7 Relationship Rules Actually Worth Following, According To Therapists

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Rule #1: Don't Go to Bed Angry

Contrary to popular belief, going to bed angry can be beneficial. Taking time to cool off and getting a good night’s sleep helps you approach conflicts with a clearer mind.

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Rule #2: You Need to Have Sex X Times Per Week

Forget arbitrary quotas. Sex should be about connection, not pressure. Focus on open communication about your needs and desires rather than hitting a magic number.

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Rule #3: Don't Date Someone with Baggage

Everyone has baggage. It’s not about having a perfect past but how you both handle your histories together. Honest conversations about past wounds can strengthen your bond.

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Rule #4: Household Responsibilities Should Be Split 50/50

Fair doesn’t always mean equal. Focus on each partner fully owning their tasks based on strengths and interests rather than striving for an exact 50/50 split.

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Rule #5: The Relationship Is Over If Someone Cheats

Infidelity doesn’t have to mean the end. With commitment and therapy, many couples can heal and emerge stronger after an affair.

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Rule #6: If You Love Someone, You Always Put Their Needs First

Prioritizing your partner’s needs over your own can lead to burnout. It’s essential to balance taking care of each other while also taking care of yourself.

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Rule #7: Pick Your Battles

Avoid seeing discussions as battles. Approach difficult conversations with openness and calm, scheduling time to talk without distractions and using "I" statements.

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Rule #8: You Have to Be into the Same Things

Differences in interests can strengthen a relationship. It’s the differences that often attract us and keep the relationship dynamic and interesting.

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Rule #9: If Your Partner Really Loves You, They Should Anticipate Your Needs

Don’t expect mind-reading. Communicate openly about your wants and needs instead of relying on your partner to guess.

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Reevaluate Traditional Relationship Advice

Not all conventional wisdom is wise. Tailor your relationship to what works best for you and your partner rather than adhering strictly to societal rules.