By Ricky Peterson

Everyone wants to have a great long-term relationship that keeps on getting better, but it simply won’t happen without some effort on the part of both partners. Making a stable relationship and love work isn’t always easy though, as we see many famous couples going through their ups and downs in public via celebrity news and gossip…and it’s no different for us regular folk. That being said, here are four pieces of love advice (with help from some of our favorite celebrity couples!) that we can all use to make our relationships stronger.

Love Advice To Follow

1. Be prepared to listen to each other: Listening is the hallmark of all good relationships. If you don’t listen to your partner or they don’t listen to you, how can you hope to develop a strong relationship and love for the long haul? Talking is good, but recognize when listening is required of you, and practice doing it more often. Everyone feels more valued when their partner sits and really listens to them. Listening means comprehending and not just making the right noises in the right places!

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2. Don’t ignore problems — they’ll only get worse: You cannot hope to go through life with no problems at all. There might be minor setbacks in your relationship or problems that occur outside the relationship that affect you both. The trick is to never ignore them and to confront them head-on. Talk about these issues and decide how to tackle them as a team.

Celebrity Couple Example: Seal and Heidi Klum are a great example, as Seal’s reported anger management issues seem to have caused a rift in their celebrity relationship. This is the sort of thing that, if worked on early, could have been resolved, possibly saving the marriage.

3. Never wait for the other person to apologize: The apologies have to come from both partners; otherwise, one of you will always be saying “sorry” even when the other one does something they shouldn’t. You’ve probably heard the idea that you should never go to bed angry, and that definitely applies in this case.

Related Link: Heidi Klum and Seal — What Blew Up Their Marriage?

4. Be positive in lots of little ways: We would all benefit from being more positive in our daily lives. For example, if your partner has a job interview, be sure to call them just before they go in to provide some support. Then, call them afterwards to see how it went. You could even plan a dinner to mark the event, whether they were successful or not. You can either congratulate them or provide support and let them know the experience was still a positive one because it will help them gain experience for a the future.

Celebrity Couple Example: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have had their ups and downs, but recent reports of a date night show that they are at least making the effort. Sadly, the media is much more into reporting on Hollywood couples who are having problems than those who are happy, but little bits of effort like this can make all the difference. Let’s hope it works out for these two!

Stronger Relationships and Love

By following this love advice, it’ll be easier than you think to build a strong partnership that will survive the test of time. Be sure you know how to make the most of your relationship and love, and start putting more effort into it today for the best results in the future.

Ricky Peterson is a writer who works for passionsearch, an online dating site.