For married couples with children, it is critical to discuss more than just parenting and keeping the house in order. Before going to bed, share a thing or two that made you happy in the day. You may also spend some time discussing deeper and more intimate topics.
Practice the art of listening
Alongside open communication and expression, growing old together also warrants some form of active listening from both parties.
When your partner is sharing their thoughts and feelings, do not just listen and wait for your turn to respond. Be present while they speak their mind to show them that you respect and value their stories.
Listening requires an open heart and an open mind.
Show some appreciation to your partner
According to John Gottman, a relationship expert, happy couples have a ratio of 5 positive feelings and interactions to 1 negative contact or experience.
Therefore suggesting that warmth and affection should be expressed between two people as often as they can.
It could be as simple as praising your partner for their hard work, or surprising them by covering the daily chores at home. And while you are at it, you may also want to give them a massage after a long stressful day.
The most basic emotional need of a person is to be acknowledged, and this will make them feel more fulfilled in their relationship. So, do not forget to say thank you to your partner who always makes sure you have a good coffee early in the morning.