How to Build Trust in a Relationship to Stand the Test of Time

If there's one quality strong relationships share, it's a foundation of trust. "It is the number one essential ingredient in any relationship," says Terri Orbuch, Ph.D., relationship expert, a professor at Oakland University, and author of 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great. In her long-term marriage study, Orbuch asked the happiest couples to name their most important relationship expectation. "A whopping 92% of the men and 96% of the women answered: You should feel that your spouse would never hurt or deceive you," she says.

Unfortunately, the old adage that trust must be earned rings true, and for many couples, it's something that must be slowly built (or rebuilt). "Trust issues are very common among couples because it is the number one rule or expectation," she explains. It is possible to overcome these issues, though. Ahead she charts how to build trust in a relationship and create a solid foundation with your S.O.