Marriage 101 - it's all about respect
I'm 20 years into my relationship with my husband and I could not be happier with how things are going. I'm not talking about raising our kids or jobs, I'm talking about our relationship with each other.
We've grown up together and that was often times painful. It was hard to make mistakes and own them without feeling ashamed. It was hard to hear advice from my husband and really listen to it.
I am happy to say that we have reached a point where we can offer each other advice and we actually hear and listen to each other. We've learned to listen, even if you don't like what your hearing. To really hear what the other has to say and give them the basic respect as your partner to at least give them time to speak.
Heck I even seek out his advice. He's a really smart, ethical and level headed person; he always has been. I on the other hand am a bit more emotional, type A, jump first think later type of person. But...together we are an amazing team. I can motivate us and he can draw up the plan to make it work and together we get the work done.
So, in your own relationship offer respect to your partner and show that respect by listening to them, hearing what they are saying and really digesting their opinions and ideas. I'm not saying you have to act on it, just respect them enough to listen and hear.