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Good habits are what make a happy and healthy marriage. Whether you are a newlywed or long-time married couple, we all want the same thing – a marriage to last a lifetime. But a happy marriage doesn’t just happen, it takes both partners to build a strong foundation or to improve your relationship and keep things fresh.

While your sex life is important too, these six daily habits focus on the little things. Practice these habits to keep your promise to each other and stay connected no matter what life may bring your way.

1.  Kiss Your Partner Before They Leave

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No matter if you both have careers or not, make it a point every day when you leave the house for work to give your spouse a kiss. This small act will go a long way in reminding them that despite being in a hurry, they are a priority to you. Likewise, when you see them after a day at the office, greet them with a few sweet words and a kiss so they know they were missed. If you have been married awhile and this habit has slipped away through the years, it’s time to hit refresh and begin this ritual again.

2.  Don’t Assume, Ask

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If you need help with something around the house or want them to pitch in with doing the dishes, you have to ask them nicely. Assuming they will read your mind about what needs to be done will make you resentful when they don’t come through. If you ask them for help in a calm and friendly tone, they’re much more likely to oblige. And thanking them afterward will let them know that you don’t take them for granted and appreciate the little things they do for you.

3.  Laugh Together

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Laugh at each other’s jokes, watch funny movies and most of all, have a good sense of humor about each other. Life can be too serious sometimes so lighten up and find reasons to laugh with your spouse. Try doing something to make them laugh especially if they are stressed out. Bring up a funny memory once in a while and it will remind both of you of the history – and the good times – that you have shared in your relationship.

4.  Show Affection in Public (or In Front of the Kids)

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Be it holding hands, giving each other a kiss or hugging, showing affection in public tells them, and everyone else for that matter, that you are together and aren’t shy about showing it. If you have kids, be prepared for them to be totally embarrassed by a display of affection between you two. But subconsciously, it will set an example for them about what a happy relationship looks like and that their parents love each other.

5.  Compliment Your Partner and Mean It

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Compliment their outfit, tell them they smell good or express how attractive they look. Think about how you feel when your spouse flatters you – it makes you feel instantly special and will do the same for your partner, boosting their mood in the process. Compliments need to be genuine though. Remember, they know you better than anyone so they will sense it if you don’t really mean it.

6.  Be a Good Listener

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Whether it’s pillow talk or being there to get them through a tough time or decision, being a good listener is a hallmark of a good marriage because it shows respect. While your partner may not admit it, they need to feel heard just as much as you do. So next time they need to vent about their job or the kids, hear them out. And when it comes time to make important life decisions like buying a new home or car together, moving for a job opportunity or talking about finances and budget, knowing how to listen to them will make them more likely to reciprocate.

These habits only scratch the surface. There are many habits that need to be formed for a successful marriage. But if you both are open and honest in your marriage, it will not only survive the rough patches but will make the good times the best memories of your life together.

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