Great marriages take a lot of TLC. But so does life leaving little time to read long self-help books, fill out workbooks and complete complex exercises dedicated to the cause of maintaining a successful marriage. Here’s the thing: instead of trying to tear apart and rebuild your whole engine which might seem overwhelming and may be unnecessary altogether, try giving your marriage a simple daily tune-up instead. Whether you are a newlywed rookie or a decades-in vet, every couple’s marriage can benefit from these simple tune-up techniques, each taking just five minutes of less.
1. Speak to your husband like he is someone that you love. This is the man that you married, not some jerk who cut you off on the freeway, so be mindful of your tone and speak to him like you want to be spoken to – with respect, kindness and understanding. When frustration bubbles over, take a time out until you can find a worthy voice.
2. Lip-lock like lovers do. When you reconnect in the evening with your husband, take a few minutes to have a passionate kiss. No matter how hectic things are, spare five minutes to engage in a meaningful smooch – this will set the tone for your evening.