Ways to energize your relationship

Feb 19, 2023, 4:30 PM | Updated: 6:38 pm
Two hands each holding a red heart broken in half at the beach...
Relationship counselor Lauren Clucas shared ways you can energize your relationship. (Canva)

SALT LAKE CITY – Maintaining a healthy relationship can be challenging sometimes, but there are ways you can energize it and make it work.

In the latest Let’s Get Moving with Maria podcast episode, host Maria Shilaos spoke with Lauren Clucas, who is a relationship counselor and author. They talked about qualities that make a good relationship and ways you can use those qualities to nurture your relationship.

Some relationships do well even amid adversity, while others don’t.

Clucas conducted her research on 50 couples whose relationships weren’t very healthy at first. Then what made them healthy?

She found 14 qualities but, interestingly, love didn’t come up once. Instead, they described love as the sum total, or the endgame, of a relationship.

“It’s all the qualities that are in a relationship that add up to an experience of love,” Clucas said.

One of the 14 qualities she highlighted was respect. This mean respect for oneself, for each other, in communicating, and more. Respect is like a safety net that holds the relationship together.

Trust was another quality Clucas mentioned. However, it’s not about trusting your partner. It’s about trusting yourself when you’re with your partner. Ask yourself, do I trust that I’m going to have strong boundaries and that I’m going to choose well?

Tenderness is a quality that isn’t as obvious as the previous two.

“That is far more tricky to get back because the way through to tenderness is with a lot of forgiveness and a lot of putting the past in the past and reflective listening of each other’s feelings…” Clucas said.

Listen to the full episode below to hear the rest!

Follow Let’s Get Moving with Maria on Facebook and Instagram.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Let's Get Moving with Maria

Getting burnout is extremely common, especially when you're trying so hard to achieve productivity....
Michelle Lee

Are your thoughts on productivity counterproductive?

Getting burnout is extremely common, especially when you're trying so hard to achieve productivity.
4 days ago
Michelle Lee

Beating the Monday blues and the Sunday scaries

One expert said that Mondays have a cultural implication about "getting back to the grind" and that’s why it often impacts our mood.
11 days ago
Michelle Lee

The science behind the gluten-free diet

Some doctors say that the public automatically thinks the gluten-free diet is healthy, however, that doesn’t mean it’s better for you.
18 days ago
Michelle Lee

How to get moving if you’re feeling lazy

SALT LAKE CITY – Winter can be a rough time for people to get moving because oftentimes we end up feeling lazy. In the latest Let’s Get Moving with Maria podcast episode, host Maria Shilaos spoke with Emily Nelson, CEO and co-owner of High Fitness and fitness expert at Studio 5 KSL, about ways you […]
1 month ago
Michelle Lee

Think twice before skipping meals

In the latest Let’s Get Moving episode, Maria and Julie Hansen discuss skipping meals and how those affect how we plan and eat food.
2 months ago
A woman wearing white sitting in front of a light box...
Michelle Lee

Winter blues: light therapy and lifestyle changes can help

SALT LAKE CITY – With the chilly weather and the shorter days, many people are prone to experience the winter blues. In the latest Let’s Get Moving with Maria podcast episode, host Maria Shilaos spoke with Dr. Jason Hunziker from the Huntsman Mental Health Institute about ways people can overcome the winter blues. Seasonal depression […]
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Cheerful young woman writing an assignment while sitting at desk between two classmates during clas...
BYU EMBA at the Marriott School of Business

Hear it Firsthand: 6 Students Share Their Executive MBA Experience at BYU’s Marriott School of Business

The Executive MBA program at BYU offers great opportunities. Hear experiences straight from students enrolled in the program.
Skier being towed by a rider on a horse. Skijoring....
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a new winter activity? Try skijoring in Bear Lake

Skijoring is when someone on skis is pulled by a horse, dog, animal, or motor vehicle. The driver leads the skiers through an obstacle course over jumps, hoops, and gates.
Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five common causes of Cervical Cancer – and what you can do to lower your risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get ready for fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy.
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...

15 easy Christmas dinner ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Ways to energize your relationship