Close relationships offer comfort, support and fun, but are also sometimes a source of distress, frustration and despair. Natural phases of highs and lows in attraction, energy and enthusiasm can place stress on relationships. Unfortunately we have little control over these aspects. However, many problems arise from factors such as work and financial pressures, or goals and expectations being different between partners. These are some of the areas in which we can make changes, which can boost relationship satisfaction and pave the way for new growth together.