It’s easy to assume that once we’re settled into a relationship that our partners will always remain the same. And that we no longer need to listen to their world to know what they’re thinking and feeling. However, they won't stay the same just like we won't stay the same. Paying attention to each other allows the relationship to grow, improves intimacy and keeps the ‘distance’ which often develops in relationships at bay. Paying attention to your partner is not something that always comes naturally. It does, however, require more than saying yes at the end of every question and nodding in their general direction while playing your favorite video game. The best relationships continue to thrive because each person makes their partner’s needs just as important as their own. Whether you’re in a new relationship or have been together for years, it is vital to the success and happiness of your relationship that your partner feels valued by you and the best way to demonstrate this is by paying them attention.