Maintaining a long term relationship is hard and it takes a lot of work. One of the things that can cause a relationship to break down is people taking one another for granted. It’s not always anybody’s fault and it’s not deliberate, people just let the magic fade when they’ve been together for a long time. That’s why it’s so important that you show gratitude to your partner as much as possible. If you don’t do that, they can feel as though they aren’t appreciated and that leads to a lot of resentment.
There are all sorts of different ways that you can show your partner that you care about them and you’re grateful for the things that they do. It’s important that you do it on a daily basis if you want to keep your relationship alive and make sure that things don’t go stale. These are some of the best ways to show gratitude to your partner.
Say Thank You
Gratitude isn’t always about the big gestures, sometimes all it takes is a simple thank you. People always tend to fall into certain roles in a relationship, one of you may be out at work while the other is looking after the kids. Maybe one of you does the cooking while the other does the dishes and takes the trash out. Over time, people fall into those roles and it’s easy for people to start taking those things for granted. But if you just say thank you to your partner when they do these things for you, and they’ll do the same for you. It just reaffirms the fact that you are both grateful for one another and those little things that you do for each other are appreciated.
Buy Thoughtful Gifts
Gift buying can sometimes become a bit of an obligation in long term relationships. When a birthday or an anniversary rolls around, you get a gift because it’s expected but the amount of thought that goes into it decreases with each passing year. In the end, you’re just getting a gift because you don’t want to upset the other person, but that isn’t how you should approach it. When it comes to choosing birthday and anniversary gifts, you should see it as an opportunity to really make your partner happy. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that spending a load of money automatically means that it’s a good gift. Instead, think about who they are as a person and what they would really like and find something that shows you really care about them and you listen to them.
Plan Surprise Dates
Setting aside time to go on dates together is very important, otherwise, you can easily end up in a rut, sitting in front of the TV every night. Having those regular nights out together to really connect and have some fun together is important, but you also want to make sure that you don’t just fall into a routine. Routine is a big problem in relationships and if you aren’t careful, your dates become more of an obligation than something to look forward to. You should still keep up with them but it’s also a good idea to plan some surprise dates from time to time. Taking the time to plan a surprise shows that you really care and you want to do something nice for your partner.
Renew Your Vows
When you’ve been married for a long time, it’s easy for the love to fade a little and you’ll settle into a bit of a routine, especially when you have a busy family life. Doing small things every single day to show your partner gratitude is still important but sometimes, you also need to make a bit of a grand gesture. Sometimes, you and your partner just need to tell each other that you still care about each other and remind one another why you got married in the first place. One of the best ways to do that is to renew your vows and have a bit of a celebration. You don’t have to have a big expensive affair like a wedding. You can have a small, intimate renewal ceremony with a few friends and family. A lot of couples find that it really helps them to put the spark back into their marriage.
If you use these simple ways to show gratitude to your partner on a daily basis, your relationship will be a lot stronger and it will last a lot longer.
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Saying THANK YOU is a HUGE one 🙂 God Bless!
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I loved the one about having surprise dates!! I have been in my current relationship for 2 years and it is always nice to bring some excitement back to the routine that seems to form! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I agree and thank you! ☺🌻
Love this post! Gratitude should be a way of life with our loved ones and with the Lord! Thanks so much for sharing. 💜🌹
I agree 100% and thank you! ☺🌼💕
I definitely agree with the idea about date nights. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut of staying in, watching TV and not really talking to each other!
I have been married for 3 years and have been with my SO for 6 years. My husband and I act as if we are still boyfriend/girlfriend. We go on dates, we poke fun at each other and this helps to keep the spark alive. We love date nights and often choose to spend it at home watching a movie, and we also like to go on late night walks!
Another thing I suggest: never go to bed angry at your partner. Talk about it before you go to sleep. It will give you a fresh perspective on things in the morning.
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Oh my, it’s like I’ve been reading my own comment 🙂. I agree with you 100% and same here! 🙂🌹
I agree with the idea that a good gift, no matter the occasion, does not have to be expensive. Those thoughtful gifts mean so much more even if they aren’t from the grand scale.
I totally agree with what you wrote. I mindfully thank my boyfriend for all the things that he does for us. We are staying a lot in nowadays but when we go out for a date we make it count 💕
That’s wonderful and I’m glad you agree! 🙂💕🌹
Wonderful advice, and it applies (with some modification, obviously) to non-romantic relationships too. Our friendships and family connections also would benefit from gratitude, and a certain surprise/freshness.
Still, showing that “special someone” you appreciate him/her is indispensable, no matter whether you give the gratitude, or receive it.
Yes, thank you!
Valuable advice and a great post. Thank you.
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Great advice for those . I enjoyed reading them, I especially liked your point on gifts 🙂
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Ahh yes. They mean so much and cost very little. Great advice!
Indeed, thank you!
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This is a lovely reminder to prioritise caring for and nurturing our relationships with our loved ones <3 Over the years even though we become comfortable with one another, doesn't mean we should take each other for granted. So as you said we need to practice gratitude with relationships as well as in other areas of our lives. Thanks for the uplifting post 🙂
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All about love is nice…
As lord given us his mercy…
Great advice. Thanks so much for sharing!
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Wonderful advice Ula!💐
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Thank you for sharing my post!
for those who never want to get married again but have been lucky enough to find someone new:
1 – say thank you
2 – say sorry (it goes a long way)
3 – remind them how special they are to you
3 – surprise dates and just making time for each other
I agree with you 100%! ☺🌼
Well written! I loved every bit 🙂 thank you!
Thank you so much! ☺🌹
Very interesting post and practical tips that are applicable in real life.
I love the positive way you always write in all of your posts! That’s so impressive 🙂 Bty, love this one so much too!
Aww thank you so much! 🙂🌷
So true! Thank you for these wise words and practical ideas to show more gratitude. 😁
My pleasure! ☺🌸