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Love resolutions: 8 tips for a happier marriage

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Every couple wants a healthier and happier relationship. If you’re ready to improve, spice up, and strengthen the bond between you and your significant other, here are eight love resolutions that you should make.

1. Pay attention
Instead of merely nodding, pay attention and truly listen to what your partner is saying. Make it a point that your attention is with them wholly - and not partly with your laptop, or cellphone, or book or any other thing that can cause a diversion. Make sure that when you are with your loved one, he or she has your full attention.

2. Play games together
Most adults find very little time to indulge in sports or other recreational activities. But all work and no play makes relationships dull and boring. Make your relationship more fun and interesting by playing games together. Take effort in infusing playtime into your daily life. When it’s warm, go to the park and throw a frisbee. When it’s cold, you can stay indoors and have pillow fights or board games. You can even invite other couples over for team games.

3. Indulge in romantic gestures
One resolution you could do is to make a special effort several times throughout the year to surprise your significant other with romantic gestures. These surprises do not have to be very expensive - the gestures depend on what your partner considers romantic: like a candle light dinner, flowers, cuddling, or a massage.

4. Get fit together
It’s time to get sweaty and hot both inside and outside the house! Make it a habit to exercise more often and stay fit. Daily jogs or bicycle rides can do the trick! You can also opt to cook and prepare your own food rather than eat out. That way, you get to choose healthy food like fruits and vegetables. Remember, a healthy body is a happy mind, and a happy mind means less quarrels!

5. Look nice for each other
Sometimes, when we spend a lot of time with someone, we tend to skip the effort of looking good for the other. This is the case for most married couples. Try to look nice for each other. Look your best and wear the perfume your partner loves smelling. This little act can give tremendous positive effects on your relationship.

6. More compliments, less criticism
Finding faults in our partners may be easy, but is not the way to go if you want to strengthen your relationship. Instead of criticizing, appreciate more. Don’t let the other feel he or she is taken for granted. Simple compliments such as “You look great!” can boost your partner’s confidence and is a good way to bring back the spark in your love life.

7. More hugs and kisses
Promise yourself not to leave the house without a hug or a kiss. Don’t end the day without a hug or a kiss too. It may seem small, but these acts go a long way. A tight hug and a tender kiss can show how deeply in love you are with one another.

8. Travel
Trying new things or seeing new places is one way to strengthen your relationship. Through travel, you get to learn more about your partner - the way he or she faces fears, makes decisions, etc. Go on a camping trip, drive to lake Tahoe, spend an exciting weekend in Cannery Hotel, Las Vegas, or even fly off to a romantic Caribbean destination.

Here’s to a happier relationship! Do you have other love resolutions?

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