The honeymoon period in most relationships has a shelf life. But that does not mean you can’t bring back those special feelings everyone experiences at the early stage of marriage. Here are top five ways to keep your long-term marriage happier.
- Show Gratitude; Say ‘Thank You’
Saying ‘thank you’ more often can improve your marriage. According to a new study, the key to maintaining a happy relationship is to show a little gratitude.
Allen Barton, a postdoctoral research associate at UGA’s Center for Family Research, said “It goes to show the power of ‘thank you.’ Even if a couple is experiencing distress and difficulty in other areas, gratitude in the relationship can help promote positive marital outcomes.”
- Make Money Decisions Together
Make Money Decisions Together. A recent study suggests that couples are more satisfied when they take on financial decisions together. One of the specialties of marriage is that you have to make a lot of important decisions together. Interestingly, you can be happier in your relationship if you take the time to make money decisions together.
- Be Affectionate
The more you touch each other (also non-sexually), the happier the marriage will be. Physical affection makes us feel less stressed. It also improves your mood and stimulates the production of serotonin, the ‘feel-good’ hormone.
- Don’t Go to Bed Angry
Going to bed angry is a sign of an even greater threat: holding grudges in a relationship for long periods of time. So talk to your partner about the issue and resolve the problem before you go to bed.
- Have Sex Once a Week
A recent study revealed that despite a generally held belief that couples that have sex all the time are happier if you’re performing it once a week anything else is just icing on the cake. Satisfaction levels didn’t alter with higher frequency once the couple hit the once a week target.