Maintenance. You may first think of oil changes, garden landscaping or chimney cleaning. It doesn’t cost a ton, but it keeps things running smoothly. But what about relationships? Yes, those need maintenance, too! Here, we offer tips on how to strengthen your relationship for smooth sailing.
Let’s start with something everyone loves—cooking! Making a meal is an excellent way to bond over the common and much anticipated goal of dinner. Cooking together can be both romantic and fun, competitive and playful. Plan a date night at home and try cooking with your loved one.
You can also pray together. Coming together at the beginning or end of the day in honesty, expressing needs and thankfulness in prayer, is a calming way to connect and care for each other.
Learning to express your thoughts and feelings openly is not easy. It takes practice! But it’s a terrific way to strengthen your relationship. There’s no need to keep a loved one guessing. Tell them how you feel and express it honestly and gently, if necessary.
One last timeless tip? Show your affection. For some, this may come naturally. If it doesn’t, make it a priority in your relationship. Affection is important and necessary. It communicates you not only love someone, but you like them. Don’t be shy—have a conversation with your partner about ways they like to receive affection, and work toward that goal.
There are lots of ways to take your relationship from okay to amazing. Watch the video above for a little more inspiration. Remember that some tips are easier than others, so take notes! Pretty soon, your relationship will be running like a well-oiled machine. Or a well-weeded garden. Or a charcoal-free chimney. You get the picture!