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Like parenting, marriage is anything but easy. There’s good day and bad days. The thing with marriage is that you have to work at it day in and day out. Expressing love is one of the biggest ways to have more good days than bad. But no married couple really express their love in the same way.

However there are some common things that happily married couples do for each other for a better marriage. Both parties in a marriage make small gestures for their spouse without really even thinking of it. Doing things that please their spouse is what happily married couples do without being asked.

Here are some small gestures that all healthy and strong couples make in a marriage:

Expressing Thanks

Don’t underestimate the power of a thoughtful thank you. It’s something many take for granted. Saying thanks when your partner does something for you means a lot. It expresses gratitude and acknowledgement of their small gesture to make you happy. Even things that your spouse is “supposed to do” (ie taking out the trash) can warrant a small thank you. Saying thank you makes the other feel appreciated, no matter how big or small the gesture is (or if it’s a common thing for them to do).

Giving Compliments

Compliments are huge for women and make us feel valuable, special and loved. But giving them to your spouse is also needed because they want to feel the same. Tell your spouse how nice they look despite being in common sweats or let them know that the meal they cooked was delicious. It’s the small things that count and compliments can really go a long way in a marriage.

Apologizing When Messing Up

Everyone messes up sometimes and it’s common in marriage. But admitting that you’re wrong and apologizing isn’t something that comes easy to many. So when you’re wrong, admit to it and apologize for it. It’ll help make your marriage stronger.

Doing Chores For The Other

Parenting is tiring and so is marriage. But doing chores for one another can be a great way to strengthen your marriage. Taking something off of each other’s plate only shoes how much you appreciate their hard work and want to help them. It’s a wonderful surprise to have the dishes done after dinner or the kids bathed and put to bed.

Getting Physical

This doesn’t necessarily mean having sex, but just light touches or quick kisses. The best marriages really thrive on regular physical contact with each other. Plus, it makes each other feel loved and special.

Giving Space

Having some space from one another is huge in a healthy marriage. Make sure you give your partner some space and get some yourself. It’s a great way to support their interests and friendships as well as a chance to miss each other.

What are some other ways or things you and your spouse do to achieve a happier marriage?


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