By Mackenzie Sylvester

Wondering how to get your partner to open up? Yearning to know more (to bring you closer)? My interview with @Bustle offers 65 relationship questions designed to deepen your connection: #relationshipadvice #questions #connection   Post/pr needed

Mackenzie writes, “One of the best parts of a relationship is you’re always learning something new about each other. Does your partner prefer comedy or action movies? Do they put syrup or peanut butter on their pancakes? Whether you just started dating and are still figuring each other out, or you’ve been together for years, there are all kinds of relationship questions you can ask each other to build intimacy, strengthen communication, and feel closer.

Asking your SO the right questions will help you make sure you’re on the same page in the relationship and grow your bond. “Relationships cannot be built on ‘assumptions,’” relationship expert Susan Winter tells Bustle. “Each partner needs to be communicative in what they need, and intentional about their dating goals.”

Floating about in your relationship with no clear communication or direction can even be detrimental to the partnership. “Assumptions, lack of clarity, and lack of dating goals will break down even the strongest relationship,” explains Winter. “To avert future fights, speak up now.” Start the conversation by asking each other relationship questions to easily gauge if your goals and vision of the future align. Not only does asking questions reveal whether this person is a good long-term match, but it helps create a sense of mutuality and closeness.

Be direct and honest with your partner in both the questions you ask and in the answers you give to forge a strong foundation. People are not mind readers, which is why the whole “assumptions” approach does not work. “When you’re dating somebody, what you’re really doing is teaching somebody how to love you; and so by communicating what you want, what you need, what you’re confused about, and what you desire, you’re teaching your partner how to love you better,” Lily Womble, founder and CEO of Date Brazen, previously told Bustle.

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