When you hear the word “intimacy,” you may immediately think of sex. But the term actually has a much broader definition that includes emotional connections, bonding time and other aspects of the relationship.Here we discuss three things that do matter in a relationship.
The connection isn’t built overnight, though. It often takes work. “You have to provide an atmosphere within your relationship to establish that link,” Dimpho says. “You have to feel respected, worthy and trusted. And you have to give your partner that respect, worth and trust, as well.”
Just because you’re in a relationship with someone, it doesn’t mean you always agree on everything. Or even on most things. What matters is whether you feel comfortable sharing with your partner your thoughts, ideas, desires and goals in a way that makes you feel heard and respected and whether you make him or her feel the same way.
If you have a strong sense of faith, praying, reading daily devotions and attending services together may all strengthen your bond with your partner.