1. Give 100 percent of yourself to your relationship.
2. Pay attention to little things; they matter.
3. Focus on the positive aspects of your partner.
4. Turn toward, not away from, your partner.
5. Remember the golden rule: Do unto your partner as you would have him/her do unto you.
• Maisielin Ross, certified family life educator and former program leader of Smart Couples, University of Florida's Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension