The past year has been a tough one. Many of us have found ourselves leaning into the support of our closest friends and family – and our significant others will have probably had a big role to play. A big demonstration of your appreciation and affection is therefore worth the hassle. This will let them know how much you care, and help to solidify your relationship, and ensure (as much as possible) that they stick around for the future.
So how might you actually do this? Let’s take a look at a few ways to show that you care.
Say ‘I love you’
While it might seem a little bit twee, there’s no real substitute for saying ‘I love you’. Those three words provide the kind of clarity that relationships need to thrive. If you stop saying it, then you can’t really blame your significant other for doubting whether you’re actually thinking it. If you’re getting sick of saying it, then you might well be getting sick of the relationship.
Make small gestures at random
You don’t need to wait for a special occasion to go out of your way to do something nice for your partner. A surprise date can help to inject a new sense of excitement into the relationship, and to break up the routine. Special gifts, like chocolate hampers, are even more special when they aren’t expected.
Offer a Compliment
If your partner is looking good, then it’s time to tell them about it. Everyone likes to feel attractive, especially if they’ve been putting in endless hours at the gym, or they’ve invested in a new haircut or a new item of clothing.
Kill your bad habits
Your bad habits aren’t just innate flaws that are going to be with you for life. Put in an effort to tidy the place, and to avoid doing the things that you know irritate your other half, like leaving toenail clippings around, or hiding dirty cups until they start to grow fur.
Put the Phone Away
Giving your other half the benefit of your full attention is a great habit to get into. If you’re addicted to scrolling whenever you’re sat together in bed, or on the sofa, then this might be a more difficult ask than it first appears to be. But the long-term benefits are worth it, and there are, fortunately, apps that will help you break the cycle.