22 Little Things You Can Do Every Day That Prove Your Love Is Real

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22 Little Things You Can Do Every Day That Prove Your Love Is Real

When you're in a long-term relationship or marriage, it can be hard to demonstrate your love for your partner the way you did when the two of you first met. But learning how to show love is about much more than saying I love you.

You don't love your partner any less now than you did when you first met; in fact, now that the two of you share a life, pets, kids, a house together, you probably love him even more. But it's not the same as when you were all caught up in that passion and lust.

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But that's not a bad thing. Love is dynamic. It changes. It grows. It shifts. It goes from being the stuff of Hallmark greeting cards into something ineffable that we can't quite describe. It might not be what we ever expected love to look like, but we certainly can't ever imagine living without it.

You don't say "I love you" to your partner or husband every single day. You don't do it on purpose. 

There are kids who need their butts wiped, dogs who need to be walked, jobs that need you, and permission slips that have to be signed. But love and romance don't have to go by the wayside.​

There are a million little things you can do and say to let him know how much you love him every single day of the week. Here's how to say I love you through your actions. These are just 22 small things you can do every single day to tell him you love him more today than you did yesterday.

1. Never go to bed without kissing goodnight. 

2. Take a chore, like folding the laundry, off his plate. 

3. Surprise him with a meal he adores. 

4. Tell him what a great dad you think he is

5. Thank him for doing something thoughtful. 

6. Share a news story you read and tell him it made you think of him. 

7. Run your hand through his hair on your way through the living room.

8. Sit on his lap. 

9. Ask him about his day.

10. Have a pillow fight. 

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11. Lean over during family dinner and whisper that you aren't wearing underwear. 

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12. Make him a playlist of songs you know he'll adore. 

13. Wear one of his shirts. 

14. Look deeply into his eyes.

15. Go for a walk, just the two of you, after dinner.

16. Tenderly touch his face. 

17. Tell him that he makes your world complete. 

18. Share photos of your happy times together on social media. 

19. Leave him a note thanking him for being the man of your dreams. 

20. Give him a back rub for no reason at all. 

21. Tell him a cheesy joke just to make him laugh. 

22. When he pisses you off, say, "I love you" and catch him off guard. 

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Rebecca Jane Stokes is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cat, Batman. Her work focuses on relationships, pop culture and news. For more of her work, check out her Tumblr.

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