A healthy marriage, like all the essential things in our lives, takes some work from all parties. You cannot just “will yourself” toward a healthy marriage.
You must be willing to show gratitude to your spouse, put in the substantial effort – and do a lot of listening – to make the marriage work.
The question that lies ahead is how to show gratitude to your partner, or how to show appreciation to your spouse?
Well, there are many ways to show gratitude to your spouse and to show them that they are indispensable in your life. In the piece ahead, discover some little steps you can take to ensure that your marriage is an all-season marriage.
This list for showing appreciation for your spouse is not exhaustive. Continue to ponder ways you can help your marriage deepen over time.
You can use the list of “Gratitude Gifts” given below as your reference to show gratitude to your spouse.
1. Write notes
Writing notes is a terrific way of showing appreciation to your partner and infusing your relationship with intimacy and vigor.
Start writing about the weather, your day, your joys, your commitment to the marriage bond. If you feel so inclined, write poetry or short stories to your beloved to show gratitude to your spouse.
You do not have to be Shakespeare to dazzle your partner with signs of intimacy and appreciation.
2. Make time
It is no secret that we live hectic lives. The busy pace of work, family, church, and other obligations leaves little time for our intimate relationships.
So you might wonder, with such little time how to show appreciation to your partner?
Make time to pamper your partner with a quiet afternoon, a romantic getaway, or a delicious meal. We do not get the moments back, friends. Use the moments of the day wisely to express your gratitude in marriage.
3. Flowers, Flowers
Males and females alike appreciate a beautiful bouquet. You do not have to spend hundreds of dollars on orchards or roses, either to show your gratitude.
A simple flower with loving intention is all you need to demonstrate to your partner that they are deeply loved and appreciated.
By the way, do not wait until times are tough to send the flowers. How about showing appreciation to your spouse in color and variety today?
Do you need more tips on how to show gratitude to your spouse?
Here you go with some more innovative ones!
No one signs up to clean toilets, dispose of kitty litter, or iron an enormous pile of clothes. However, these critical tasks must be completed in a healthy family.
Do your part, friend, and exceed your spouse’s expectations of your contributions to the dirty jobs around the house. Scrub, rinse, and dry as often as you are able so that you can alleviate some of your partner’s daily routines.
For extra credit, dispose of the dog poop in the backyard also.
5. Wash the car
We all depend on the family cruiser to get us to work, school, the kid’s soccer games, and the like. Over time, this necessary, albeit depreciating asset, can be walloped by overuse and rough conditions.
Show gratitude to your spouse by pampering their vehicle, friends, and you’ll be pampering your partner. Vacuuming, washing, waxing, and the like improve the car’s appearance and bring additional piece-of-mind to your sweet darlin’.
A little elbow grease on a Saturday morning will bring joy to your partner all week long.
6. The gift of massage
Yes, this one may sound risky at first if you are not well-versed in the power of the massage. But, here’s the thing… a massage can do wonders in enhancing one’s physical and spiritual well-being.
And inevitably, it is one of the best ways of allusively saying thank you in a relationship!
Massages are a relatively inexpensive way to pamper your partner. This “Oasis/Retreat” will communicate to your beloved that they are so incredibly important to you.
7. A little bit of praise
What better way could be than a little bit of praise to show gratitude to your spouse? Don’t you agree?
It may seem a bit counterintuitive, but words are more valuable than things. Our ability – and willingness – to offer our beloved one some daily words of affirmation will make them feel valued and heard.
Thank your partner for a good meal, a warm smile, daily companionships, good memories, and the like. Nothing could be more beautiful than a little bit of praise.
8. Overnight surprise
Spontaneity is one of the best ways to show gratitude to your spouse.
Pick a location that is special to you and your beloved and set sail on a weekend adventure. Take along a bottle of wine and a picnic basket to help raise the “wow factor.”
A trip to the mountains or the coast will let your partner know that there’s still a hearty spark left in your relationship. You can think of your own unique way to surprise your partner.
9. Chicken soup and the works
When your partner is under the weather, you have ample opportunity to show that you know how to provide exquisite care. A good soup, a clean, crisp bed, and a steady supply of tissues will communicate compassion.
If your partner is pregnant, do not hesitate to make the 2 am donut run if it will provide her with an extra dose of comfort.
10. Don’t sweat the small stuff
This is a non-tangible way, but one of the most potent ways to show gratitude to your spouse.
Giving your partner plenty of space to claim some grace when mistakes arise is vital to a healthy relationship. Practice forgiveness daily, and be willing to embrace your loved one when they come to you seeking release in the aftermath of a misstep.
Relationships they are built to see beyond the potholes are relationships that will endure the test of time.
No marriage is perfect. However, many marriages can grow closer to actualization over the years as couples hone in on the attitudes and actions that deepen the bonds.
First and foremost, get into the habit of appreciating your spouse and hearing them out.
All of these little “Gratitude Gifts” that are more valuable than any tangible gifts, presuppose we’re listening intently to our beloved ones and the overall “pulse” of the marriage.
If you feel the marriage needs more than an infusion of gratitude, do not hesitate to reach beyond your circle for competent counsel and useful examples. As always, healthy communication is the key to long-term health and stability.
If you feel disconnected or frustrated about the state of your marriage but want to avoid separation and/or divorce, the marriage.com course meant for married couples is an excellent resource to help you overcome the most challenging aspects of being married.
Rachael Pace is a noted relationship writer associated with Marriage.com. She provides inspiration, support, and empowerment in the form of motivational articles and essays. Rachael enjoys studying the evolution of loving partnerships and is passionate about writing on them. She believes that everyone should make room for love in their lives and encourages couples to work on overcoming their challenges together.