One of the key components to having a healthy, long-lasting relationship is reminding one another that you care. Showing gratitude often, even in small ways, can make a big difference in your relationship. Here are a few small ways to show gratitude to your spouse.
One of the quickest and simplest ways to show gratitude is through note-writing. Writing a romantic note for your wife or husband to read when they get up in the morning or beat you home from work at the end of the day provides a simple reminder that you were thinking of them and that you’re grateful for all that they do. Even one little sentence can be enough to make your spouse feel special.
Make Extra Time
Life can get hectic sometimes. It’s in these moments that it’s most important to remind your spouse that you care. When possible, try to clear time just for them. A dinner date or a quiet movie night in will show your spouse that you consider them as a top priority.
Give Them a Break
Is there a task your spouse always handles at home? Maybe they always clean the bathroom or unload the dishwasher. Switch it up, and offer to handle their least-liked chore yourself.
Praise and Patience
In our daily routines, we can often forget how far a little praise can go. Tell your spouse when you are proud of them when they need a little extra encouragement. When things get tough or small mistakes to arise, try to be patient instead of reacting too harshly. Giving praise and exercising patients will show your partner that you are fully devoted to them and your marriage.
Picking up a small gift when you’re out at the store “just because” is a great way to show your gratitude toward your spouse. Flowers can be romantic, but buying that item your spouse has been putting off buying for weeks will show them how much you listen and care.
Handwritten letters, small gifts, attention, and praise are just a few small ways you can show gratitude to your spouse, but sometimes the smallest gestures make the biggest impact.