It’s no secret that it takes more than love to have a strong and healthy marriage. Of course, having strong feelings for one another is a must, but with life’s many obligations, spending time with your partner can definitely take a back seat. .

Fortunately, there are myriad ways to give your relationship the care and attention it will need to last. Best of all, many of them don’t require a big change in your daily routine or a lot of money.

Things You Should Do When You’re In A Relationship:

1. Talk about your day:

In any relationship, sharing every day experiences can help both sides. The person sharing can get any frustrations or thoughts off of his/her chest and the listener gets to know more about the other person.

2. Play together:

One important thing you can do in your relationship is to have fun and be silly together. Find a sitcom you both enjoy or Google jokes to tell each other. We’ve all heard that the best medicine is laughter, right? You can also break out the board games and a bottle of wine for a night of playful competition.

3. Make food together:

Whether it’s cooking dinner or whipping up homemade chocolate chip cookies, food brings people together. You not only get to spend time together in the kitchen, but you also get to revel in the success of your dish and enjoy a meal together.

4. Define boundaries:

Whether you’ve been together five days, five weeks or five years, you might not be on the same page all of the time. You need to let the other person know what is and is not okay in regards to the relationship. This knowledge will allow you both to feel more relaxed, safe and comfortable.

5. Be honest:

Nothing hurts a relationship like a lie. It might not even be a huge deal, but the deception alone breaks trust that can be hard to recover. If you are feeling guilty about something, however small, it might be best to confess right away to ensure it doesn’t come up later.

6. Snuggle:

Physical touch is so important to feel connected with your partner. Grab some popcorn and your favorite, movie and hunker down for a cozy night together.

7. Text good morning or good night:

Starting and/or ending the day showing your love you are thinking of him/her can help strengthen your relationship.

8. Encourage each other:

Whether your loved one is in school or working a job, he/she needs to know you support what he/she does!  Surprise your special someone with a note of encouragement.

9. Hang out together in a group:

Spending time as a couple is important, but it’s also important to see your partner interact with other people. You will likely remember why you fell for this person in the first place.

10. Sweat together:

Being physically fit is important as it is, but those who are in romantic relationships tend to ditch the gym in favor of spending time with his/her loved ones. Why not combine together time and gym time? Most individuals find it attractive to see their partner break a sweat!

11. Greet each other when you come home:

First things first, say “hello”. This may sound like a cliché, but making sure that you greet your spouse when they come home is important. It lets your partner know that you are happy to see them and often translates to “I missed you.”

Let’s face it, it can be pretty disappointing when you show up to an event and no one greets you or seems to care that you’ve even arrived. The same goes for when your spouse gets home, so don’t forget to greet them with a loving “hello” followed by a sweet kiss! Even just spending a few minutes doing some daily activities greatly increases your relationship’s happiness.

12. Share your daily highs and lows:

Written in your wedding vows somewhere was probably something along the lines of “for better and for worse.” Well, when it comes to your relationship, it is important to share the “better and worse” daily. Make it a fun dinner-time tradition to share a high point and a low point of each day. This can even be something that the kids take part in, as well! Sharing one high and one low each day is a wonderful way to maintain healthy communication between you and your partner.

To Sum up:

Maintaining your relationship can often be seen as just another chore on our endless to-do lists. It’s the small, persistent habits that keep your bond strong over the years. Not only will these simple tips strengthen your relationship, but it will work out too fun, exciting, and something to look forward to!

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