7 Little Ways to Show Your Partner You Care Every Day

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While grand gestures and dramatic declarations of love are effective ways to show your guy you love him, neither is exactly the sort of thing you can pull off every day. You’d be exhausted!

Luckily, there are plenty of little ways to stoke the fires of love every day without buying gifts ‘til you’re broke or spending every waking moment dreaming up new ways to demonstrate your commitment. Here are 7 to get you started:

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Write a Love Note

You don’t need to be Shakespeare to let your significant other know how you feel. A short note lets him know he’s important to you, and it takes no time at all. Add a “thank you!” to the grocery list when he goes out for you, draw a heart on a napkin and tuck it in his lunch, or pop a goodnight note under his pillow when you go out of town. A close friend told me that she left a hastily written “I love you” on a sticky note for her husband to find on his steering wheel; over a year later, he still keeps it in his wallet.

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As the years go by, we often stop reaching toward one another. But touch is a powerful way to communicate your feelings. A squeeze of the hand as you pass in the kitchen, a quick shoulder rub after a long day, or sitting side by side while watching a favorite show are all easy little ways to show you value your spouse and want to be near him.

You’ll reap other benefits as well; studies have shown that touch can elevate serotonin levels in the brain, which contributes to an overall sense of happiness and well-being for both of you.

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Ask Him About Himself

It’s easy to assume after a few years that you know everything about your partner. But over time, we stop talking about the big things, and get bogged down in the everyday. However, we grow and change through adulthood, just like we did as children. Asking your spouse about himself shows you care and renews your connection; it makes your relationship stronger by providing insight into the inner life of your loved one.

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