Strengthen Your Relationship With Your Spouse!
The number one most important thing you must do is to spend quality time together. This may sound basic, but that’s what makes it the foundation of a healthy relationship! Plan activities and dates--don’t assume it will just happen because you live together. Date nights, weekend adventures, romantic getaways…go to a dude ranch whatever! Better yet, try something new together. Learn to surf or ski, the shared experience will strengthen your bond. And don’t worry, your kids will survive mom and dad being gone overnight – I promise!
According to the excellent relationship research conducted by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the magic ratio for a happy couple’s interaction is 5 to 1 positive to negative. So start smothering your partner with love, compliments, affection, smiles, sexy texts and so on! They call this putting emotional money in the bank and your marriage certainly is a worthy investment.
Don’t forget to ask about your partner’s dreams and goals. Find out what they want now and in the future—don’t assume that they are the same as always. Your aspirations evolve as you grow and change, why wouldn’t your partners!