Jamaica Gleaner - - GROWTH & JOBS - Latara Boodie YOUTHLINK WRITER

ANever say ‘I prom­ise’.

Feel­ings are not facts.

It takes a lot of time and ef­fort to make a re­la­tion­ship work be­yond the ‘hon­ey­moon phase’.

You need to keep re­as­sur­ing your spe­cial some­one about how much he/she means to you un­til he/she be­lieves it for him/her­self.

Jeal­ousy de­tracts from the re­la­tion­ship and makes it 10 times harder than it needs to be.

No one will ever fit your idea of the per­fect per­son, though some­one can come close, and you need to ac­cept that you will not get ev­ery­thing that you want in a per­son.

Dis­cussing the fu­ture is im­por­tant to en­sure you are both on the same page. How­ever, be sure to live in the present and en­joy the stage at which the re­la­tion­ship is cur­rently at.

Fam­ily ac­cep­tance is not al­ways im­me­di­ate; in most cases, you have to grow on them. Never try to en­counter your boyfriend/girl­friend’s ex. You have no idea what their re­la­tion­ship was like, so leave them alone. It’s not your prob­lem.

Go­ing pub­lic with your re­la­tion­ship will at­tract un­wanted at­ten­tion.

Be mind­ful of but not ob­sessed with en­coun­ters be­tween your boyfriend/ girl­friend and other peo­ple on so­cial me­dia.

Fol­low your gut. Never dive into any­thing; al­ways scope things out.

Do not go run­ning to your friends or fam­ily in the heat of a mo­ment or ar­gu­ment.

Space is a good thing. You need alone time to think and re­flect.

No one will do some­thing the way you would do it. Re­spect the way the per­son thinks and how he/she func­tions.

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