Insights on How to Stay Happily Married
If you have been together for a long time, you may be looking for some simple tips for a lasting, strong marriage. In the dating stage of a relationship, showing that you’re into your significant other is second nature.
Flirting, sending cute pics, texting all day, and staying up on the phone all night is all pretty common when a relationship is new.
However, when you’ve been together for years, have already tied the knot, and are living the wondrous “routine life,” showing your significant other your appreciation is not as easy. In some marriages, it can be non-existent. Don’t let this happen to you!
Little Things Mean a Lot.
What must be understood in a relationship is that it’s not always the big, bold, extravagant things that let your spouse know you care, it’s the little things. A small gesture like a kiss on the cheek, a compliment on an outfit, or a sweet note can make all the difference in your marriage.
Here are some simple tips for a strong marriage…
- Cook for them.
Nothing speaks to the heart like a well-prepared meal. If you’re good at cooking or your spouse is the one that usually does the cooking, give them the night off and prepare a meal for them just to say I love you.
- Write a love note.
Go old-fashioned and leave a love note. They’ll appreciate seeing a handwritten note from you on the fridge, in their lunch or in the car on their way to work.
- Buy a small gift.
You could spend a dollar and still let them know you appreciate them. Is your spouse a chocolate lover? Buy their favorite candy bar and leave a little note on it.
- Give them a shout out.
While not all aspects of your relationship belong on social media if you’re feeling especially lovey-dovey, or proud of something your spouse did, shout them out on social media and tag them in it to let them know you’re proud.
- Get touchy feely.
Touch is such a powerful form of affection. When you and your spouse are together, give them a nice massage or hold hands to show your affection.
- Create something from the heart.
Don’t have cash? No worries. You can still show your spouse some appreciation by making something from the heart. Create a playlist they can listen to, draw a picture, or even make a craft.
OK, so maybe you and hubby don’t look as hot as you did 10 years ago when you first met, but there’s got to be things about each other that you still love. Get hot and heavy and let your spouse know you’re still head over heels by flirting. Send a flirty text or tell them in person, and watch what a confidence booster it is.
- Say “I love you.”
Lastly, just say it. Sometimes the best way to show appreciation and love for your spouse is to just tell them how you feel from the heart.
When your spouse feels appreciated, they are more willing to show their appreciation for you. Small acts of affection can go a long way in making a dull marriage come to life again. If it’s been a while since you told your spouse “thanks,” “I love you,” or “you’re sexy as hell,” it’s time to get to work and let them know just how much they mean to you.