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Trust and Commitment 

This is not a direct principle, but is part of what the Gottman's call "sound relationship house" it emphasizes the importance of building a strong foundation of trust and commitment in a relationship, which is essential for maintaining a healthy and long-lasting partnership.

Trust and commitment are two crucial components of a successful relationship. When trust is present, couples are able to feel secure and safe in their relationship, and are able to rely on each other. Commitment, on the other hand, is the dedication to maintain and nurture the relationship over time, even during difficult times.

Building trust and commitment requires consistent effort and attention. Couples can work towards building trust by being reliable, honest, and open with each other. They can also create a culture of appreciation and gratitude in their relationship, which can help to foster positive feelings and trust.

In addition to building trust, couples can work towards building commitment by making time for each other and prioritizing their relationship. This can involve regular communication, date nights, and shared activities. Couples can also work to develop a deeper understanding of each other's needs and desires, which can help to strengthen the commitment in the relationship.


By building trust and commitment, couples can create a strong and enduring partnership that can withstand the challenges of life. This principle is an important reminder that maintaining a healthy relationship requires ongoing effort and attention.

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