November 5, 2014

Wonder how to make your relationship more romantic? Here is an interesting point to consider; research shows that expressing gratitude for common gestures can profoundly impact long-term romance. With one person’s expression of gratitude both reported feeling more connected and deeper relationship satisfaction. (Gratitude in Relationships by Algoe, Gable and Maisel)
Every relationship faces mundane necessities, those often taken for granted. Yet, they are essential for a smoothly operating enterprise called a “household.” Here’s a few:
Meal planning and prep
Grocery shopping
Vehicle maintenance
Financial management
Yard work
Parenting tasks

They’re not glamorous but life is smoother when they are attended. When was the last time you said, “Wow, what a great meal! Thank you!” or, “Thanks for filling the car.”

Action: Pick something and express gratitude to your spouse. Trust the experts; it could impact your long-term romance!

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Written by Mike Woodard

Mike Woodard

Mike is married to Karen, he is father of 4 and grandfather of 2. Backpacking is his favourite past time. Science and theology are his educational background, a biology degree from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in Christian Studies from Trinity Western Seminary. Mike is the Associate Director of FamilyLife Canada. For more of his story visit