A while back I wrote a post titled 5 Toxic Relationship Habits most of the people Think Are Normal. within the months since I published it, the article has attracted plenty of comments–and you recognize it’s hit a nerve when big, grown-up websites who get paid to post smart grown-up things ask if they will copy/paste it, ostensibly to form a bunch of advertising money off people acting like assholes in their comment sections.
(I know, I’m such a sellout.)
But I feel it’s helped tons of individuals. Since writing it, I’ve received a staggering number of many thanks emails, and around twenty-four people told me that it had inspired them to
end a relationship (or even during a few cases, a marriage). It seems it served as a sort of warning call to finally abandon and accept that sometimes, relationships can gag you with a shit-spoon.
(So, I assume I’m a home-wrecker and a sellout. Sweet.)
But alongside the praise, I also received plenty of questions like, “So if these habits ruin a relationship, what habits create a cheerful and healthy relationship?” and “Where’s a piece of writing on what makes a relationship great?” and “Mark, how did you get so handsome?”
These are important questions. and that they deserve answers.
Granted, in my younger years I had much more experience screwing up relationships than making them work well, but within the years since I’ve begun to catch on more right than wrong (yes, Fernanda???), so I didn’t want to only write yet one more “learn to speak and cuddle and watch sunsets and play with puppies together” type post. Honestly, those posts suck. If you’re keen on your partner, you shouldn’t need to be told to carry hands and watch sunsets together–it should be automatic.
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