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Easy and Practical Ways to Help Make Your Marriage Last

Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly Ways to Show Your Love


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For your marriage to last many years, it is important that you show your love for one another on a regular basis.

That means daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly, taking a few minutes, even seconds, to put your spouse first on your priority list.


Spend at least 10 minutes a day focused on one another without the distraction of your kids, the TV, the phone, etc.
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Kiss your spouse in the morning, before leaving the house, when you go to bed, and several other times during the day and evening.
Related: Create More Intimacy

Say I Love You.
Related: Great Ways to Say I Love You

Hug your spouse several times each day.
Related: Ways to Connect

Affirm something your spouse said or did and say something nice.
Related: The Importance of Compliments

Be kind to your spouse.
Related: Kindness in Your Marriage

Do something caring and romantic for your spouse.
Related: Simple Romantic Ideas

Don't criticize your spouse.
Related: Negativity in Marriage

Laugh together.
Related: Laughter in Your Marriage


Hide some love notes for your spouse.
Related: Where to Leave Love Notes

Do a few things together, like working in the yard, taking a walk, watching a favorite movie, or planning and cooking dinner.
Related: How to Divide Household Chores | Having Fun Together

Encourage both yourself and your spouse to have some alone time.
Related: It is Okay to Want Some Time Alone


Plan and have a date night with one another.
Related: Thirty-one Date Ideas | Dating Rules for Married Couples


Celebrate your anniversary. Write a letter to each other recommitting yourselves to your marriage.
Related: Anniversary Gift Ideas and Celebration Suggestions

DecideM together how you will celebrate holidays.
Related: Holiday Planning

Make a big deal about your birthdays.
Related: Spousal Birthday Party Ideas


Fight fair.
Related: How to Fight Fair | Why Do You Fight?

Don't try to change your spouse.
Related: Change Your Own Bad Habits | Why Nagging Doesn't Work

Be willing to forgive.
Related: Forgiveness and Letting Go

Don't expect your spouse to be a mind reader and don't try to be a mind reader.
Related: How Well Do You Know Your Spouse?

Consider attending a marriage enrichment weekend or workshop.
Related: Marriage Courses and Workshops | What is a Marriage Encounter Weekend?

Accept that there will be some small issues that you two will never resolve and that it is normal in successful marriages.
Related: Keep Your Debates Healthy

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