It’s something with which most couples start off, but slowly over time neglect to the hurt of their relationship. Reclaiming this one practice is a secret to deepening your relationship and reclaiming what you’ve lost.
What is this secret? Expressing gratefulness to your spouse in all things.
Think about it. When was the last time your thanked your spouse for the regular things they do to make your life easier?
- doing the laundry
- making dinner
- grocery shopping
- working hard at their job
- providing encouragement when needed
- helping with the kids homework and extra-curricular activities
- paying the bills
The list can go on and on of regular responsibilities your spouse takes care of that you may take for granted.
For as long as I can remember, Tom has thanked me for doing his laundry each week. In fact, I’ve grown used to his gratefulness. That’s the flip side of neglect. We can grow used to hearing I love you’s and thank you’s to where we hardly notice when our spouse says it.
My hope is that this Fall we will purpose to express gratitude for the everyday ways our spouse works hard to make our family-life better, by what they do and say.
Gratefulness is the secret to deepening your relationship, and appreciation for a grateful spouse is a double blessing.
Happy Fall Y’all!