You and your partner seem to get along pretty well most of the time, arguing relatively infrequently and only then, over trivial matters. Having settled into a fairly consistent care pattern in your day-to-day existence, you rarely question whether things could be better. However, such a smooth-running relationship can actually have its downsides. It’s been a long time since you’ve questioned whether you could be nicer to your partner and, in turn, your partner seems to show little inclination to deviate from the steady path established long ago.
Surprisingly, there may be hidden costs of such stability. Neither of you push each other very far, nor do you look for ways to expand on your feelings toward each other. Indeed, as much as possible, you stay away from controversial areas that you know could spark the discord you so dearly wish to prevent. As much as you hate to admit it, it’s possible that one or both of you are either bored or have become boring. Wedding Affair brings to you some small ways in which you can show that you care and ignite that spark.
Take time to listen to the concerns of your partner
Let your partner know that you’re open to hearing about something that’s bothering your partner, even if it’s something that may seem almost too trivial to mention. Maybe you just need to make sure you straighten the magazines on the coffee table instead of leaving them shuffled in a messy little heap.
Share an activity with your partner that you’re not particularly crazy about
Perhaps you’re just not that much into taking long walks, but your partner makes a practice of doing so every evening. Agree to join in, even if it’s just for two or three times. You might even discover that you actually enjoy both the exercise and your partner’s company.
Let your partner know when something good happens to you
Although it may seem like bragging, this behavior of sharing your own good news shows your partner that you place value in your partner’s opinions of you.
Spend a few minutes tending to the seemingly little things that could help your partner
Examples noted in the daily life portion are very small indeed, such as filling a water bottle in the morning for a partner who was in a rush to get out the door.
Help your partner achieve his or her goals
Engage in care behaviors that will bring your partner closer to, not farther, from his or her own goals. If you know your partner is trying to lose weight, rather than continue to serve high-calorie meals, take the time to buy and prepare healthy foods.
Do things for your partner that only you can do
Although not mentioned earlier, following along from the water bottle example, there can be times when your care expertise is needed to solve a problem your partner’s experience, whether it’s sewing a button on a coat or fixing a glitch on an email program.
It’s important to remember that part of what contributes to the beneficial effects of these small ways and care to bring positivity in your relationship is your ability to convey positive sentiments while in the process. Helping out grudgingly or with less than an enthusiastic mindset could negate even the best efforts to show gratitude or be helpful.
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