Whether you’re just starting to date or have been together for ages, here are 10 simple things you can do to add instant joy to your relationship.
10. Laugh together
Laughter has been proven to reduce stress, elevate mood, and dissolve anger; it truly is the best medicine for any couple. Go to a comedy show together, rent a funny movie, or just tell each other jokes (especially when things are a little rough between the two of you) and watch your relationship flourish.
9. Have a date night
Remember the excitement you felt each time you saw your honey, back in the dating phase of your relationship? Bring it back with a regular date night. Set aside one evening, whether it’s every week or once a month, and plan a night out just for the two of you –it can be as simple as dinner and/or movie. Avoid canceling or re-scheduling as much as possible–no matter how busy your schedules get–to show each other just how important this time together is for you.
8. Take interest in his hobbies
Try showing an interest in one of his hobbies–for example, go play cheerleader at a few of his soccer games, ask him to explain hockey to you, or to teach you how to play his favourite videogame–and watch his face light up. Who knows, you may learn to love some of his favourite things, giving you even more things in common.
7. Try a new activity
Pick an activity—one that you’d both enjoy–and do it together; take salsa classes, start rock climbing, join an Ultimate Frisbee league, etc. Not only will you open yourselves to new experiences, but sharing them together will bring you closer, not to mention increase the time you spend with one another.
6. Spend some time apart
Let’s face it, even the happiest couple can’t be together all the time. Make sure to regularly designate a night that’s reserved only for you and your friends. You’ll retain some of your independence, maintain a great bond with your girlfriends (this may come in hand if things don’t workout with your beau), and enjoy coming home to your honey at the end of the night.
5. Spend some time alone
In relationships, we sometimes lose ourselves in the role of so-and-so’s girlfriend, or what’s-his-name’s wife. In order to keep priorities, goals, and feelings in check, spend some quality time solo. Read a book, meditate, go out for a jog, do anything that makes you happy. The important thing is not to lose track of who you are.
4. Spoil him at least once a week
We don’t mean breaking the bank to shower him with weekly gifts, but rather showing him how much he means to you with small gestures; like bringing him coffee in bed, making his favourite dish for supper, or offering to rub his neck after a long day. These little actions will make him feel special.
3. Spice things up in the bedroom
Sex is an important part of a healthy and happy relationship. Add some excitement to your regular bedroom routine by trying new positions, incorporating props, playing games, revealing and fulfilling fantasies… the possibilities are endless!
2. Be spontaneous
It’s easy to let a relationship fall into a routine, but surprising your partner with an unplanned outing or an impromptu getaway is a sure way to keep boredom at bay.
1. Compliment him