In a long-term relationship it is easy to get caught up in the day to day fabric of life and forget to show your partner that you value them. But it only takes a few small daily gestures to keep the magic alive. Here are some ideas for some simple things that will make your partner feel appreciated and also give them that warm fuzzy feeling of being the special person in your life.
Turn off your smartphone
If you're glued to Facebook during dinner, then it's time to unplug. A study published in Computers in Human Behaviour looked at data from 1,160 married people and found a negative correlation between heavy social media use and relationship happiness.
Go to bed at the same time
Feel like you never have a free moment together? Hitting the sack at the same time will help. Even if you're a night owl, you can always stay in bed until your partner drifts off. You should also make sure you're both getting a healthy amount of shut-eye.
Brew a cup of coffee for your partner
Grand gestures aren't the only way to express your love. Something as simple as making your partner a cup of tea or coffee in the morning can give your partner a lovely start to their day. By doing these small tasks on a regular basis, you'll help your partner feel noticed.
Bring up a funny moment from your past
Shared memories strengthen relationships and funny memories even more so. Reliving a shared laughter moment again and again reinforces positive feelings about the relationship.
Work up a sweat
It's no secret that being fit helps you out in the bedroom by boosting your endurance, strength, and flexibility—but a sweat session also has more immediate effects. Activities that get your heart rate up, like hiking, running, or biking, are guaranteed to have a positive effect on desire.
Dance before dinnertime
Couples who frequently try new things together have higher-quality relationships, according to research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. And if you cant travel round the world right now, a boogie round the dinner table can add some fun and sparkle too.
Have sex in a different place
Refreshing your sex life is always a good idea. Try having sex in a different room or location. Adding some excitement into your relationship will not only break up the daily routine but will stimulate a release of dopamine, the feel good chemical.
Give your partner a hug
Nonsexual touching like hugging or handholding is just as important as sex itself in keeping your relationship healthy.
Ask a new question
As a couple, you probably spend most of your time chatting about work, your kids, or your friends. When's the last time you stopped to ask something new about each other?
Say thank you
Too often couples forget to express a simple thanks, whether one of you helps out with the chores or surprises the other with a gift. And have you ever said thank you to your partner for simply being in your life?