Falling in love is one of the greatest feelings in the world. Staying in love, however, is work. A strong relationship takes intentional work to cultivate and is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Relationship experts say one of the best things you can do for your relationship is to celebrate your love.
1. Take pictures
Throughout most moments of the day, you probably have your phone ready to snap a quick photo to share on social media. Remember to take a few photos of just you and your partner for just you and your partner. Capturing moments together gives you a visual reminder of love and reinforces “togetherness.” If you’re feeling creative, make a photo album of you and your partner to remember those past moments you shared.
2. Write notes
Leave a note on the bathroom mirror. Tuck a piece of paper with a thoughtful message in your partner’s coat pocket. Scribble a note down on the back of the electric bill and leave it next to the coffee pot. These notes don’t have to be long love letters, just a simple note to make your partner smile.
3. Share your gratitude
Take a quick moment to share with your partner what you appreciate about them. Start with, “You know what I really appreciate you?” Then continue with some personal praise of your partner.
4. Dance together
It could be a night out dancing to your favorite local band, a small dance in the kitchen while you are making dinner, or a recreation of your first dance at your wedding. Try sitting down and finding a new song that represents your relationship as it stands today and be sure to dance to it tonight.
5. Listen to each other
Active listening is the ability to let your partner know you understand what they have said by restating their message. Practice really listening to what your partner is saying. Remember the words of Jeff Daly: “Two monologues do not make a dialogue.”
Remember, it’s the little things that help keep your love alive!