Guest post by Bestow Team.
Do you want some ways to show your partner you care?
Whether you’ve been married for many years or have just been together for a short time, a little appreciation can do wonders for your relationship. Everyone loves to feel loved and valued but unfortunately, we can get caught up in the craziness of life and forget to stop and thank our loved ones. That kind of special treatment usually only comes on occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, or Valentine’s Day. However, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to show your partner how much they mean to you.
While every relationship is different, there are some key things that seem to make every marriage or partnership thrive: communication, connection, and appreciation. You can practice these things in your own way, but if you’d like some help, we created these printable activities for couples to help strengthen your relationship.
Even the most veteran couples can be challenged by miscommunication. Sometimes we aren’t good listeners or have our minds made up on what we see as the only outcome. The truth is, strong communication involves seeing the other person’s point of view and working together on a solution. Sometimes that solution involves meeting in the middle and that’s perfectly okay. In fact, it shows that you can put aside some differences to make your partner happy.
It also helps to set expectations in your relationship to help avoid disappointing any unmet needs. Even if you don’t always end up on the same page, just discussing plans and expectations can help you and your spouse or partner understand each other more.
This printable is a cute way to set some expectations for what you
both want out of your relationship or marriage.
Don’t save date nights for those special occasions — you can have these whenever you want without leaving the house! Set aside some time to sit down with your spouse and do something you guys enjoy whether it’s watching a movie or playing a game or going for a stroll. Removing all distractions like kids or phones can help you focus on each other. Challenge yourself to ask deep questions about life, dreams, memories and even fears. When it comes to difficult conversations, you may want to enlist the help of some conversation starters to ease into topics like your finances or future plans. You may even find out something you never knew about each other.
Laughter is another great way to rekindle your connection with your partner. It may be a funny movie, a comedy show, or even a game of charades but once you start giggling together, you should feel closer and happier.
There has been a lot of talk about love languages. Whether you believe in them or not – we don’t all view gratitude and affirmation the same way. Once you find out how your spouse likes to be acknowledged or thanked, try to do it every day and make it a habit. It could even be as small as leaving them a note or making a hot cup of coffee in the morning.
If you’re looking for some extra help, try this gratitude practice. Tell your partner what you love about them, what you’re most thankful for, and what you’re looking forward to.
Ultimately, you know what works best for your relationship. No one said it would be easy, but it’s always worth it. Show your partner how much they mean to you and continue a long loving life together.
You will find more information in my post How To Live More Intentionally.
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