Ask anyone who has been married for a long time, and they’ll tell you – it’s not about the big romantic gestures, it’s the little things that keep you going. According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the divorce surge may be a myth – people married in the 90’s or 2000’s are less likely to get divorced than those married in the 80’s.
So, what are those successful couples doing right? Here are some of their pre-bedtime rituals.
Treat Each Other
Indulging in sweet treats before bed may not be good for your health, but having a sweet snack with your loved one certainly won’t hurt your relationship. Make it your ritual to watch a movie together and enjoy some snacks.
Instead of talking about bills and financial plans, try to make pillow talk more meaningful. Talk to each other about your day and share your feelings.
Sex is one of the most sensual and fun pre-bedtime rituals. Although there is no evidence that having sex more than once a week leads to a happy relationship, it’s important to stay intimate with your partner.
Take a Walk
In addition to being healthy, walking with your partner in the evening can help you strengthen your relationship. Make it your goal to take a walk at least a couple of times every week.
Cooking with your partner can be fun relationship building experience. Furthermore, research shows that couples who engage in shared activities and try new things are happier. Find a dish you both like and work on your cooking skills as a team.
Consider some of these pre-bedtime rituals if you want a healthy, long lasting relationship. Although you might have your own rituals, try some of these out and see if they help you connect more deeply with your partner.