Weather the storm: Three ways to rebuild trust in a relationship

  • Simran Mangharam, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 13, 2015 18:05 IST

This might sound clichéd, but it's true when they say: "Trust takes years to build, seconds to break and forever to repair."

When someone you love breaks your trust, it's very difficult to believe them thereafter. Some relationships are weakened by it while some come out stronger. It is possible to repair trust in a relationship, provided both parties are willing to work on it.

Here's how you can fix it:

*Own up: If you are the one who's made the mistake, own up and acknowledge that you have screwed things up between you and your significant other. Be the one to tell her/him. Not wait for your significant other to find out by themselves or worse have someone else tell them about it.

*Discuss: The key to any successful relationship is honest communication. Be prepared to answer all questions, honestly and openly. If you are going to start off on a clean slate, then it's important to have an open discussion. It's not going to be easy, but it can be done. If needed, go to a counsellor and work through your issues.

*Prove your trustworthiness: This is going to be a tough exercise because there is a tendency to become complacent. Make sure you do everything you can to make your significant other trust you again. Winning his/her trust back is not going to be easy. Follow through on your actions because as they say, actions speak louder than words.

Simran Mangharam is an expert on relationships and co-founder of , a curated network that helps singles find a life partner.

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