If you have found yourself in a situation where you haven’t shown your partner how much you appreciate them, consider doing something little to show them your gratitude. Here are five ways to show your partner just how thankful you are to have them in your life.
1. Notice the little things
Practice focusing on the small positives rather than the negatives and you’ll quickly notice how your partner reacts and what it does to your relationship.
2. Help with chores
According to House Method, you can show your partner you’re thankful for all they do by helping them with their chores without complaining or making passive-aggressive comments about how they didn’t get around to them. Taking something as small as a load of laundry off their plate will make a big impact, and free up their time to spend with you.
3. Plan a surprise gesture
4. Give them a day off
Say thank you
Really make an effort to notice the small things they do and say thank you for each one. Everyone wants to get a little recognition now and then, and it’s nice to hear that the little sacrifices we make don’t go unnoticed. Appreciation goes a long way in a marriage.
Marriage requires a lot of work on both ends, but it’s something that’s worth fighting for every day. Make time to show your partner how much they’re loved and appreciated and you’ll notice that your bond will grow stronger—despite the tiny dictators doing their best to break your spirits day in and day out.
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David B. Younger, Ph.D. is the creator of Love After Kids, for couples that have grown apart since having children. He is a clinical psychologist and couples therapist with a web-based private practice and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, 14-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old toy poodle.