In Relationships, Little Things Matter

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1. Little insults matter. Subtle backhanded compliments and rude comments dropped here and there might not seem like a big deal. They might not seem like grounds for a breakup at first. But they can make someone grow in a different direction than you. They can make someone stop trusting you. They can make someone feel uncomfortable around you, like they can’t tell you anything, like you’re going to judge them. Little insults, even when they’re meant to be funny, can ruin the relationship. It can make your partner pull away from you. It can convince them they can do better.

2. Little snippets of effort matter. Small acts of kindness can go a long way. Grand romantic gestures are wonderful — but they’re not the most important part of a relationship. The everyday things that you do matter more. Grabbing your partner’s hand while you’re…

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