1. Give the other person your full attention
When your partner is telling you about their day try not to be distracted by your phone,tablet or the the TV. Give them your full and undivided attention, as this allows them to see how important they are to you.
2. Make regular, loving touch a priority
Regularly touching each other, in a loving way is very important. Hug your partner, hold his hand or rub his feet, it doesn’t really matter. Touch doesn't always have to be sexual it just helps strength the bond and connection between you and your partner.
3. Minding your manners
After many years together couples can forget their manners and stop doing little favours for each other anymore. But acts of kindness will fill up the reservoir. Make tea, pick up a treat they like or help with a chore they hate doing.
4. Regularly express gratitude
Tell your partner that you are still happy and grateful to have them in your life. Make them 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 about why you find him or her so attractive in the first place. Happy couples don’t stop courting one another just because they’re committed and settled. Notice new haircuts, compliment their clothes or just send a cheeky smile their way.
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 at together can only strengthen their bond.
7. Have fun
Play pranks on one another. Life is hard and keeping a relationship robust and healthy takes work - but don’t take it all too seriously. The most 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 it 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 couples care about the hopes and plans of their partners, they ask questions and listen, they cheer each other on and 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 or she 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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