It’s the small, everyday acts that strengthen a relationship – not the big, showy milestones, such as the wedding day, birthdays and anniversaries. Here are our top five daily suggestions for continuous wedded bliss.
1. Six-second hug
Did you know that hugging increases levels of the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin? And I’m not talking about those half-hearted kinds with a one-arm embrace. No, it needs to be a full embrace for at least six seconds. And the more hugs of this kind you can get in the day, the better for you and your loved one.
2. Always say ‘thank you’
Always saying thank you for all the little things your partner does – such as for washing the dishes, mowing the lawn, cooking your food – makes them feel appreciated and not taken for granted.
3. Kiss goodbye, no matter what
My husband and I always kiss each other goodbye, even if I’m still in bed when he wakes up early in the morning to go to his gym class. It makes me feel loved.
4. Spend some time apart
Having our separate interests – mine yoga and farmers markets, his running, gym and golf – means hubby and I do regularly spend time apart. It makes our time together more enriched, as we have different stories to share, which strengthens our bond when we do spend time together.
5. Make your partner’s day easier
If you can do something to make your partner’s day, then do it. It could be making them a cup of tea, heating up their dinner if they’ve come home late or doing one of their usual chores for them (especially if they’ve been super busy or stressed lately).
What little act do you do daily that strengthens your relationship?