Keeping and maintaining the love and romance alive in a marriage is important. Sure, things change after marriage. What with new responsibilities such as work and kids taking up most of our time. Yet, neglect and complacency are two of the worst enemies for a happy marriage. Those two issues can often drive a marriage to the rocks. Showing your spouse that you love him or her doesn't have to be complicated. It truly is the little things that matter.
Small random acts such as a kiss, a hug or even a surprise gift can show your spouse you care. Your spouse will realize that he or she is a priority in your life. Moreover, that you value your marriage.
That said, what are the areas of marriage that we tend to neglect or be complacent about? Some often neglected areas are valentines day, birthdays and even anniversaries. We often recognize these events, but put very little into them leaving their celebrations lackluster. Anniversaries should be a priority regardless of how long you’ve been married. One may argue that the longer you’ve been married, the more important an anniversary is.
Let us take a look at some of the reasons why.
Your Marriage is Worth Celebrating
Regardless of how long you’ve been married, it is worth celebrating. It allows you and your spouse to appreciate your marriage, and even reflect on how and why you got married. By the end of the day, you’re more grateful of your spouse, and the marriage you are in.
Shows That you Value Your Marriage
Remembering and celebrating your anniversary is important. It shows that you still feel the same way about your spouse and that you value your marriage. In a way, it helps reaffirm your feelings for each other.
This will ultimately help create a stronger bond between the two of you as well as strengthen your relationship and marriage.
It’s a Sign of Love
Just like remembering your spouse's birthday is important, so is an anniversary. Think about it: what message do you get when your spouse forgets your birthday? That they forgot, that you are not a priority, or that maybe they don’t love you anymore? Be sure to remember these things and your spouse will feel loved, special and valued.
It Allows You to Reflect and Hope
Celebrating your anniversary allows you to reflect on how you met, and the years following your marriage. You get to see how far you’ve come and the obstacles you’ve overcome as a couple. This can be a real encouragement, especially if you’re currently facing problems or difficulties.
Moreover, it gives you a chance to discuss your marriage and your future together. This, in turn, gives you hope for a brighter future together.
It’s a Chance to Be Together
You don’t always have to celebrate your anniversary the same way or in the same place. Keep it different and fun, but always do it while keeping in mind your spouse’s preferences. You can always use your anniversary as an excuse to travel to someplace new.
This time alone is so important. It allows you to be intimate and appreciate each other's company. Moreover, it allows you to bond and learn more things about one another.
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