Long-term committed relationships can be challenging. In the midst of busy schedules and crazy work lives and our kids’ school and sports, it can be all too easy to take your spouse for granted. Or when he hurts you, it can be hard to recognize that there’s unresolved bitterness blocking you from really showing that you love your spouse.
If you are wondering if there are best practices of how to love your girlfriend, the answer is yes. Based on women’s expectations and a purely feminine perspective on romance, we compiled the top 15 ways to convey your affection and reach deeper levels of commitment with the girl you truly love. Hopefully, these tips will help you to build a healthier relationship where you both can achieve emotional and physical harmony.
Rory was a pediatrician whom everyone loved. Though he was reserved, he was warm, humorous and charming, but his wife, Lisa, hardly ever saw him. Rory didn’t know the name of the family dog or even where the back door of their house was located, because he was hardly home enough to ever use it. This is one of the couples that Dr. John Gottman interviewed during his research on marriage.
Do you remember the first days of your relationship with your spouse? If you were like me, your heart would flutter at a meaningful glance, flirtatious comment, or in my case, the handsomest guy I had ever met knocking on my door holding Belgian chocolate chip ice cream and asking if he could pray with me! After years of marriage, kids, demanding jobs, and hectic schedules, those fluttery feelings are distant memories. That doesn’t mean we can’t be romantic; it just means in our distraction we put it down and we need to pick it up where we left off.
Can you remember what it was like to date your husband? Chances are, since you married the guy, he pursued you straight to the altar. Now you have kids, jobs, and lots of bills. With so much to worry about, especially the financial cost, it’s tough to get away with each other like you used to. However, having time together is important for maintaining closeness as a couple.
Is your husband an artist, a sports fan, or a tech guru? Is he a meat and potatoes man or a carb-avoiding fitness-focused fellow? There are many types of husbands and many varied preferences when it comes to the kind of romance men like. So when you’re thinking of romantic ideas for him, it helps to think about his particular likes and dislikes.