Everyone wants to live ‘happily ever after’. While we’d love this to happen naturally, in reality there’s a level of effort involved.
Grand gestures and gifts are nice, but they’re not enough to sustain a relationship and keep you both happy. To put it simply, material things don’t bring long-lasting true happiness.
So what does? Well, it’s the little things you do for one another daily. Whether it’s something selfless or something to keep your bond strong. The little things act as a buffer when times are tough.
It’s easy to take your partner for granted, especially when you’ve been together for years or decades.
However, if you continually connect on a daily basis, even for a few minutes, you’re more likely to join the tribes of happy couples out there.
Here are five things happy couples do:
1. Express gratitude
I cannot stress enough how important this one is. Human beings take almost everything for granted – the food on their table, the roof over their head – you name it. Even the people we love the most.
All it takes is a simple “thank you” or “I appreciate you!” Even if someone makes you dinner every single night, still say “Thanks so much for dinner, babe. It was delicious!”
Everyone wants to know they are appreciated and especially for the things they do every day that can be taken for granted.
2. Have fun and laugh together
Life isn’t meant to be taken seriously. When life throws you lemons, you should both be laughing as you try to catch them.
Play tricks on your partner. Appeal to their sense of humour by showing them silly YouTube clips or sending them funny memes. Don’t be afraid to be goofy yourself.
Showing a sense of humour is not only a great coping mechanism for life’s stressors. It’s also a great way to bond.
3. Forgive each other
Let’s face it , no one is perfect. And that means you, too. There is no such thing as perfection.
So, happy couples aren’t happy because they are both perfect. They are happy because they recognize that they are not but forgive each other.
Forging comes in big and small packages. It could be a horrible betrayal, or it could be a simple annoying habit like leaving his socks on the living room floor every night without picking them up. Either way, forgiveness is a cornerstone of happy relationships.
If you wonder how to forgive your partner and regain trust in the relationship, this article can help.
4. Support each other dreams
Many of us have hopes and dreams that perhaps we have not achieved yet. And that’s great! Because life is about the journey, not the destination.
Happy couples support each other not only in their hopes and dreams, but in any way they need.
If they are having family problems, they are there for them. This is just another way of saying that your partner has your back. You can count on them for anything.
5. Go to bed together
This might be difficult to do if one of you is an early bird and the other is a night owl. But when you get into the habit of not going to bed together, then it puts an ongoing separation between the two of you.
Even if one wants to go to bed earlier, the other one could come to bed too and read a book or watch TV. The important part is having a ritual of ending the day together.
It’s even better if you are in sync, that way you can spoon each other as you fall asleep.
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