Despite what you may have heard or think, you don’t always have to agree with your partner. A healthy relationship is built on the fact that your partner and you are two different people. Because of this, the two of you don’t always have to have the same opinion about something. In fact, this is what keeps the relationship alive and interesting. Agreeing to disagree with your partner on some certain topics is the easiest way to make a relationship work for the two of you. In so doing, both of you acknowledge that you are both different but willing to accept that each of you are unique in your own ways. Here are 5 things that are okay to agree to disagree with your partner:
Just because you and your partner have different political views doesn’t mean that you aren’t a good fit for each other. This is one thing that you can agree to disagree on — that no matter who you vote for, this will not affect your relationship and won’t be a deal-breaker. And in case you realize that anytime you talk about politics, it gets tense, you can agree to not talk about politics and when you do, do so with love and respect.
If one person is crazy about healthy eating while the other isn’t, this doesn’t necessarily have to be a deal-breaker. And neither of you has to change your diet to make the other person confident. If you can agree to disagree on the type of food each one of you enjoys, then the better. However, you can occasionally try each other’s meals or restaurants, or experiment with a new recipe from time to time.
How to raise kids
Having kids is one thing that is bound to change your relationship dynamics. However, you shouldn’t let it come in between the two of you. Couples often don’t agree on how to raise kids or even discipline them. Both parents need to respect each other and allow the other to do what they think is best without feeling ridiculed or defensive.
Music, movies and entertainment
While it’s great to be with someone who shares your taste in movies and music, it’s definitely not a requirement for a successful relationship. If you don’t love the same kind of music or leisure activities, you can always enjoy them with friends who do. No harm is done.
In reality, we usually have a very hard time with disagreement of any sort. This discomfort may rear its ugly head in many ways—from passive-aggression to deep-seated resentment and worse. The lesson is learning to dialogue about them so they don’t create more resentment every time they come around.