Offering assurances, by stressing love, commitment, and faithfulness (Stafford, 2003), and behaving in other prosocial ways, by being positive and cheerful (Baxter, 1987; Canary & Spitzberg, 1994), have been identified as communication skills that effectively maintain long-lasting relationships.
Specifically, Stafford (2003) explains that assurances have been found to be a significant predictor of satisfaction, commitment, and liking in close relationships, with individuals in engaged and married relationships using them more often than people who are just dating. In addition, Canary and Spitzberg (1994) studied prosocial behaviors and found that being positive and cheerful was a significant predictor of liking and happiness in close relationships. Overall, expressing your commitment and being positive can make your partner feel loved, secure, and happy.
So, remember to tell your partner that you're in it for the long haul. It can make a positive difference in your relationship.
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