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Relationship Advice

02/17/2015 06:27 pm ET | Updated Apr 19, 2015

Where are you in your relationships right now? Are you happy? Unhappy? Are you looking for someone? Have you been with someone for a long time?

Wherever you are, here are some universal ideas that can help you create greater love, connection and joy in your relationships:

1. Practice Positive Projection. Assume the best about your partner and project positive traits and ideas onto them. If you've been in a relationship a long time you may be tempted to think, "No, you don't understand about MY partner..." But instead of going into old patterns, beliefs, hurts, and pains from the past -- assume the other person is there with you, for you, and in love with you. Do this, and instead of tearing your relationship apart, you will be bringing it closer together.

2. Learn To Listen Longer. The essence of being a better listener is to listen longer -- and this is what deepens relationships. Don't try to fix them. Don't try to stop them. Don't interrupt them. Allow the other person to express themselves. Be patient and listen longer.

3. Escape Together. Get away with your partner and go somewhere for two or three days every 90 days. You can go anywhere, but every 90 days schedule it and disappear together. Everybody CAN do this with the person they love. We get to choose what we do with our time, so reclaim your life agenda and escape together. If your relationship is important to you -- prioritize it!

4. Stay In Your Job In The Relationship. What is your job in the relationship? TO LOVE! It's so easy to forget this. Choose love over your past pains, hurts and fears. When you bring joy, acceptance, vibrancy, sensuality and compassion to your relationship, it gets easier and more positive.

Turn your intention to be more geared towards love in your relationship. Surprise them. Care for them. Add love. Add vibrancy. Add sensuality. Deliver more love to your partner and the world, and you might start to experience The Charged Life!

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Brendon Burchard is one of the most followed personal development trainers of our time, and a Global Top 100 Most Followed Public Figure on Facebook. He is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, and Life's Golden Ticket. Brendon is also the star and executive producer of the #1 self-help show on both YouTube and iTunes, and his social media posts reach over 10,000,000 people per week worldwide. A popular seminar trainer and speaker, he was recently named by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the world's Top 25 Most Influential Leaders in Personal Growth and Achievement, along with Oprah, Deepak Chopra, Joel Osteen, Arianna Huffington, Dave Ramsey, Dr. Oz, and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg. Entrepreneur Magazine rates his marketing seminar for thought leaders, called Experts Academy, as one of the Top 5 Must-Attend seminars for entrepreneurs. Larry King calls him "one of the top motivation and marketing trainers in the world." Recognized as a thought leader in human motivation and business marketing, Brendon is the recipient of the Maharishi Award and he sits on the Innovation Board at Xprize Foundation. Visit his website or blog for more information.