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Being in a relationship is tough. Yes, it’s fun and exciting at first, but like everything in life, it takes work to maintain. As time goes on, sometimes we forget there are little things we can do to make life easier for our partner. We get lazy. It's OK to admit it; it happens to the best of us.
But recognizing that your relationship is stagnant is step one. Understanding how to change it and taking the initiative to improve it is what will bring your relationship from a zero to a ten. These five baby steps will make your partner realize you are still in it to win it. So go for it!
1. Make life easy.
You aren't a servant to your partner, but do what you can to make their life together easier. Program the coffeepot to turn on 15 minutes before you wake up. Offer to help them when they begin a household chore. Run interference for them.
2. Give your partner a break.
Our lives can get pretty hard, especially balancing home life and work life. Surprise them with a little break. Rent a cabin for the weekend or have the car packed and ready for a beach trip. Give them a break from their lives.
3. Be grateful.
It doesn't matter how small the gesture is, show gratitude for everything. Thank them for making you tea or doing something you asked them to. Don't just express gratitude though, truly feel it. Be grateful.
4. Give them a long embrace.
Studies have shown how remarkably healthy it is to give your partner long embraces. It reduces stress and makes you a happier person. Spend some time in their arms every day.
5. Leave reminders for them to find.
Leave them a little something they love and a note for them to find. An "I love you" on the bathroom window or a favorite candy on their desk. Little reminders that you love them goes a long way.
This article was originally published at Higher Perspective. Reprinted with permission from the author.