Keep Love Alive Long Past Valentine’s Day
On Valentine's Day, many people feel pressure to make sure they get the right gift or plan the right date night. However, what’s really important isn’t an annual celebration of your love, but focusing on your partner every day.
Yet, with the hectic pace of family demands, work obligations and social commitments, it is not always easy to find time for each other. Just because you've finally settled into the comfortable stages of a relationship doesn't mean it's time to stop putting in an effort to keep things exciting.
You never want to feel your partner slipping away, and there are a number of daily habits you can do that will help keep the romance alive in your relationship. Here five ways to make sure you prioritize your relationship all year long.
Whether once a week or once a month, put in on your calendar. get tickets, make a reservation or just plan on a fun night in together.
How about a dance class, a hike in the woods? Breaking routines and trying new things releases oxytocin in the brain.? This natural boost can also help make a relationship feel fresh and new. Researchers have found that trying new things with your partner can help prevent boredom, make you feel closer to your partner, happier with your relationship, and more satisfied with life in general.
It is important to do nice things, but also important to appreciate it when your partner does something nice for you. A little gratitude can go a long way.
Couples who laugh more are more satisfied in their relationships. Try a comedy the next time you're choosing a movie for date night, come up with playful nicknames, and the next time that your partner says something that bothers you, try responding with a joke instead of getting defensive.
Offer help and support. When your partner is busy, take over some of the shared duties - make the dinner, put the kids to bed, or take care of some chores that have piled up. Buy a card, write a note, do something special. If your partner is going through a tough time, be there to provide support.