Expressing gratitude is healthy for your physical health and for your relationship health as well! Studies have found that expressing gratitude in a relationship adds a small boost of wanting to hold onto the relationship, therefore leading to working to maintain the relationship’s happiness. It makes sense that if you feel appreciated and you appreciate your partner that you will both want to continue to express your gratitude towards each other.
I have discussed in a previous blog series of how to maintain intimacy and passion in your long-term relationship, and while this approach is thinking more of the long term stability of intimacy, I know there are times in which you and your partner are experiencing differences in your desire. In fact, one study found that 80% of couples experienced a sexual desire discrepancy in their relationship (Rehman et al., 2011). So, don’t worry if this happens, it’s more common than you think.
Becoming parents brings a lot of joy, but with it comes a lot of stress as well. Communication between partners can break down, and they can often begin to drift apart. According to research published in Demography, 73 percent of surveyed parents expressed decreased happiness after the birth of their first child.
When we are consistent, that means that you are dependable and predictable. In relationships, when you are consistent with your behaviors, you evoke a sense of trustworthiness among your friends, family, and partner.
When passion and sex are no longer spontaneous, what do you do? Do you wait around and wait for the passion and spontaneity to “just happen” or do you take action and make it a priority with your partner.
Here are some tips to consider when you are trying to rekindle your sexual intimacy or wanting to maintain it over the long-term.
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