When it comes to successful relationships, being able to trust your partner is a must. But fully trusting an SO can be much easier said than done. Fortunately, figuring out how to overcome trust issues isn't something you should have to tackle alone. In an otherwise functional relationship, upping your trust levels is something you and your partner should be willing to work on together.
To understand why trust is so important and how to improve it, I spoke to prominent LA-based relationship therapist Dr. Gary Brown. "The first and most important thing that has to happen is that you both authentically understand and agree that trust is vital to the health of any relationship," Dr. Brown tells Elite Daily. "The ability to trust is one of the core foundations of real love and true intimacy." Although many of us think of trust as the belief that our partner won't lie or cheat, according to Dr. Brown, it's about more than that. "To trust someone is also being able to completely open yourself up to them, being able to rawly and nakedly say, 'This is my true authentic self at this moment,' and to have your partner say, 'I love you and I’ve got you no matter what.'" So, if you'd like to solidify the foundation of your partnership, here are some steps you can take to improve the trust between you and your SO.