Being in a relationship isn’t easy, contrary to what most people think. All those damn rom-coms make you grow up thinking that it’s all rainbows and sunshine the entire time. Then, you get older and inevitably question why none of your relationships have been working out the way they always seem to in movies. While there are a bunch of reasons why your relationship may not be working the way it should, one way to strengthen your relaysh no matter what is to show your appreciation more often.
This is because all relationships are work. It's not like a desk job where you can get by doing the bare minimum and still collect your paycheck every week. It's a high-intensity construction job where you're dripping with sweat by the day's end and that's how you know you've done a job well done. You can’t just claim to be someone’s boyfriend or girlfriend without putting in the work to earn that title. Although it seems totally obvious, one thing most people seem to forget is that you still have to show your significant other you care about them — especially after you've been together for a while. You need to show them how much you appreciate all they do for you and hopefully, they'll be doing the same for you. If they’re taking you for granted, that’s a whole other fish to fry.
One of the biggest reasons relationships end up failing is simply because one or both people aren’t showing their appreciation. It’s really the little things that keep a relationship together. Imagine your relationship is a giant roller coaster. Now imagine all the little screws that keep it all together. Those little suckers may be small, but their purpose is hella important. Each and every screw is a time you show your appreciation for your bae. Our relationships need this or it’ll just fall apart. We're here to help you save or strengthen your relationship with these little things you can do every day to show your appreciation.
1. Say Thank You
2. Leave Little Love Notes
(Fun fact: During Sean Lowe's season of The Bachelor, Catherine Giudici set herself apart from the other women by sneaking Sean love notes. He eventually proposed to her and the two are now married with an adorbz baby boy. To this day, Catherine leaves her man letters hidden in their home! Every once in a while, he'll Instagram a shot of one of them. Talk about relationship goals!)
3. Give Them a Random Hug
4. Plate Their Food
5. Pack Them a Snack for Work
PRO TIP: If you're putting it in their car, make sure it's in a super obvious place. No one wants to find a three-week old bag of sliced apples in their glove compartment.
6. Pick Up Their Favorite Candy on the Way Home
7. Make Their Favorite Meal for Dinner
8. Let Them Pick the Movie (or the TV Show)
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9. Compliment Something Other Than Their Looks
10. Fill Their Drink Cup When You Get Up
11. Express Your Feelings for Them — Verbally
12. Take Over Their Chores List When Their Busy
13. Do the Dishes if They Made the Food
14. Give them a Small Gift
15. Have Their Favorite Snacks at Your Apartment
16. Acknowledge the Sweet Things They do for You Right Away
Knowing how to show your appreciation for your partner is knowing what will make them feel loved and cared for. Everyone feels appreciation differently so make sure you’re tailoring what you do to what they need. The bottom line is that you have to appreciate them being in your life.
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