12 “Thirty Second” Ways to Connect with your Spouse

12 “Thirty Second” Ways to Connect with your Spouse

For happiness, relationships matter so here are some quick and easy tips for keeping that connection healthy and happy…

By Jamie Long from Psychology Today

A happy and successful marriage requires a lot of time and effort. In this day and age, who has that kind of time? In a crunch to show your genuine love, here's 12 quickie suggestions for how to connect with your spouse.

1. Daily Touch: Don't let the sun set on the day before you at least touch your spouse. Whether it be a kiss, a high-five, holding hands, a hug, or a back scratch — humans need physical contact, it's one of our most basic needs! No matter the type of touch, make it last for 30 seconds. Any kiss over five seconds has wonderful possibilities.

2. Be Curious: Ditch the obligatory "How was your day?" and replace it with unique, thought provoking, open-ended questions. Demonstrating genuine interest in your partner and opening dialogue shows that you C.A.R.E. and enhances one of the joys of marriage — the sharing of lives.

3. Side With Your Partner: Nothing is worse than complaining about a stressful moment than to have your one true love see "eye-to-eye" with the enemy! Increase trust, partnership and the likelihood that your mate will confide in you in the future by taking his or her side during a vent-fest. Even if you agree with the "enemy" (such as your spouse always being late), save your honest feedback for another time.

4. Express Gratitude: At times, it's all too easy to make a laundry list of ways your spouse annoyed you. Chances are, your mate has contributed in at least one way that made your day a little easier or more enjoyable. Let them know how you appreciated him or her today.

5. Sleep Naked: It takes more time to put on your flannels than it does to slip into your birthday suit. In a recent survey, couples who slept naked reported more satisfaction with their sex life. It appears that removing the outer barrier (pajamas) is a quick secret to staying active under the covers.

6. Relive a Memory: When two people feel disconnected, it's important to remember what brought them together in the first place. Every now and again, share a memory from the courtship or an especially loving time. Relive a funny story, a touching moment, or look through some old photos…

…keep reading the full & original article, with another 6 great tips – HERE