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Why Being Your Authentic-Self Is Essential For A Happy, Loving, And Sustainable Relationship

If you’re looking for genuine happiness in a relationship, it’s essential that you be the most authentic version of yourself. Building a life with someone means sharing everything with them, that includes your true unfiltered personality. Hence, this would be deemed as an Authentic Relationship.

First of all, it’s all too common for people to hide aspects of their personality. In addition, they adopt new traits to please a partner, especially in the early days of a blossoming romance. We all have the desire to be loved and this can cloud your true opinions, interests, and values.

The problem is that by doing this, you’re presenting a false version of yourself to your partner. Long term this could present wellbeing problems if you are pretending to be something you are not. Consequently, at some point, it’s likely that the charade will drop at the point it’s affecting your relationship or health.

It is essential that you are your partner live authentically in your relationship, starting from day one. Here are a few reasons why A happy and successful relationship is built on honesty and comfort.

Being false is exhausting.

It takes a lot of mental energy to behave in a way that doesn’t come naturally to you. Eventually, you could even end up burning out because of it.

Pretending to be interested in something to impress another person may seem like a good way of winning their respect or affection. However, unless the interest is something that you genuinely think that you’ll grow to enjoy, be mindful that it will come back to bite you.

The same goes for adapting your personality. Imagine how tiring it would be pretending to like a life of hedonism – when you would rather be curled up in front of the TV with a cuppa?

Being authentic in front of your partner should create a stronger bond. Most noteworthy, sometimes it’s even your differences that could be what makes the relationship really work.

Honesty is the best policy.

It may sound like a cliché, but honesty really is the best policy. Save yourself the trouble later down the line and be truthful about your interests, opinions, values, and traits. What is important is building a connection based on genuine shared interests/differences. How can you form a genuine bond with a person if you’re not being authentic. Your partner won’t appreciate being lied to either, especially if they found out that you’d been presenting a false version of yourself.

It will improve your self-esteem.

When you stop compromising yourself to fit in with someone else’s ideals, you’ll learn to accept and love yourself. You will discover that you feel more comfortable in your own skin. Your partner will love you for the person you truly are, not the imposter you are displaying.

By living by your core values, you’ll feel more satisfied with life and grateful for the things you have and the people you surround yourself with.

Your partner will be authentic in return.

If you present your most authentic self in the relationship, your partner will offer the same in return. This is essential for both of your happiness. A. Nothing will bring you more contentment in a relationship than being comfortable and authentic around each other.

In the same manner neither of you wish to be judged. Show them that you love them for the person they are and not the person you want them to be.

Furthermore, allow them the space to express themselves and deal with their feelings in whatever way they feel most comfortable. For example, they may need alone time on the odd occasion, or perhaps they thrive off the company of others. Either way, respect their needs.

Keep it real and authentic

One of the most fundamental building blocks of a great relationship is keeping it real and authentic. This is not always easy, but the most effective to build a long, happy and sustainable relationship. If you’re inauthentic, then you’re not 100% honest with that person. Finally, express yourself in a way that you feel happiest and most authentic to yourself. Your partner will thank you for it, and you’ll likely feel more connected to that person than ever before.

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Andrée Funnell, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Andrée is a multi-award-winning Coach, Learning & Development Consultant, best-selling author, and speaker, the founder and driving force behind Aspiring Future Competence (AFC). Since its inception in 2002, AFC has helped clients across a wide range of business sectors to get visible, get heard, and get ahead by applying inspirational ways to bring about positive change and empowerment.

She has over 20 years of HR & training experience working in corporate organizations and a further 18 years delivering development solutions that make a difference to people’s careers and lives. Andrée is a qualified coach, professional trainer, and NLP Practitioner.

Having discovered that Authenticity is the key to happiness, fulfilment, and success she is keen to get the message out there to others. ‘Behind the Mask’ is Andrée’s literary debut about ‘Authenticity.’ It’s an essential interactive step by step guide to turning your life around and achieving the kind of life you deserve by living authentically.