William Shakespeare said, “The course of true love never did run smooth.”
And if you’re newly married, this quote can mean a lot. You think that the honeymoon phase will last your whole marriage.
But love is a lot of work, and often times, the honeymoon phase can fade away.
Thankfully, there are some ways you can keep the honeymoon vibe alive, no matter what challenges you may face.
Read on to see our three favorite ways to keep a romantic relationship alive forever.
1. Remember the little things
Hollywood romance movies have taught us that profound declarations of love have to be big.
But you and your spouse don’t need to stand outside a window with a boombox to prove your love for each other.
In fact, it’s the little things that will show each other your love. Doing little things, like preparing dinner for your spouse, or leaving them messages knowing you love them, show that you value them.
You’ll find that when things like bills and children take up your time, these little things will add up to a greater reward. And you’ll work to build a healthy relationship.
2. Make time for each other
As time goes on, your life gets busier. Between work, children, and household chores, your romantic relationship can get pushed to the wayside.
In order to keep that honeymoon vibe alive, you have to make time for each other. Even if it’s only for a few minutes every day.
By taking the time to focus on your relationship, you’re building intimacy. But you don’t need to make a whole date night out of your time spent together. And you should make sure your time is quality time.
And you should make sure your time is quality time. This means turning off the TV and your cell phone. 42% of couples between the ages of 18-29 say their significant other was distracted by their cell phone while they were together.
Does your spouse have a hobby that you could enjoy alongside them? Or vice versa? Gardening together, biking together, or taking a walk around the neighborhood are all great ways to spend quality time with your spouse.
Whatever you choose to do, making your spouse a priority gives a lot of value to your relationship.
The number one reason couples split up? Communication.
Lack of communication can wreak havoc on a romantic relationship. But communication doesn’t just mean talking. It means listening to your partner.
This works well when you begin an argument. Make sure that you’re listening to your partner and letting them tell their side. Getting on the defensive only increases the intensity of an argument.
Making sure you speak (and listen) to your partner makes for a solid relationship.
Your romantic relationship is worth the work
These are only three tips that will help you feel the honeymoon phase alive.
Relationships change as you grow, but the important thing to realize is that you’re growing together.
And if both you and your spouse decide to always put forth the effort, you will enjoy the honeymoon phase for the rest of your lives.
If you’ve used some of these tips to strengthen your relationship, let us know in the comments.