Lasting love may seem like it’s hard to come by, but there might be just a few simple things that help couples stay together in the long run. Check out the list below.
1. Give the other person your full attention.
When your partner is telling you about his day, try not to be distracted by your phone, tablet, or the TV. Give him your full and undivided attention, since this allows him to see how important he is to you.
2. Make regular, loving touch a priority.
Regularly touching each other in a loving way is very important. Hug your partner and hold his hand or rub his feet. Touch doesn’t always have to be sexual; it just helps strengthen the bond and connection between you and your partner.
3. Mind your manners.
After many years together, couples can forget their manners and stop doing little favors for each other. However, acts of kindness go a long way. Make tea, pick up a treat he likes, or help with a chore he hates doing.
4. Regularly express gratitude.
Tell your partner that you are still happy and grateful to have him in your life. Make him feel appreciated and remember to say thank you. Start the day in the best possible way by saying, “I love you” and “Have a good day.” That way, you’ll both be in a great mood for the day ahead.
No matter how long you’ve been together, your partner will probably love being reminded why you find him so attractive in the first place. Happy partners don’t stop courting each other just because they’re committed and settled. Notice new haircuts, compliment clothes, or just give a flirty smile.
6. Work on something together.
A successful couple knows how to work as a team. Whether it’s putting a meal together or sharing a hobby, a happy couple understands that an activity they work on together can only strengthen their bond.
7. Have fun.
Play pranks on each another. Life is hard and keeping a relationship robust and healthy takes work, but don’t take it all too seriously. The most happy couples are those that can shrug their shoulders and laugh at what life throws their way.
Little resentments have a way of growing up to be big, unwieldy resentments, so try to just let them go. Smart couples pick their battles and more often than not, they will write off small transgressions if they threaten the bigger picture.
9. Support your partner’s hopes and dreams.
A partner who doesn’t care about your dreams and goals is doing you a disservice. Happy partners care about each other’s hopes and plans, they ask questions and listen, they cheer each other on, and they are there when times are tough.
10. Focus more on what your partner does right than what they do wrong.
If you look for things your partner does wrong, you can always find something. If you look for what he does right, you can always find something, too. It all depends on what you want to look for. Happy couples accentuate the positive.
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