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30 Ways Couples Keep Their Relationships Fun And Fresh

30 Ways Couples Keep Their Relationships Fun And Fresh

Relationships can be one of the most complicated forms of interactions. Often, we think of relationships with a significant other, but we build relationships every day in a myriad of different ways. We generate different levels of relationships with our favorite coffee barista, with the the other people at our gym, with our co-workers, and, of course, with our romantic partners.

There is always something happening around us, and life rushes at very high speeds, often demanding our focus and attention for longer periods of time. It’s easy—and efficient for the brain—to put many day-to-day activities into habit mode. However, your relationship with the one you love is one thing you don’t want to slip into habit with. This might be only a hop, skip, and a jump away from detrimental actions such as failure to communicate, not thinking of the other person’s needs, taking each other for granted, and drifting apart.

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The list below is filled with simple, everyday things you can do with your significant other in order to keep your relationship fresh and fun.

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We’ve all heard the basics of a healthy relationship, which includes good communication, empathy, responsibility for your emotions, and various other self-improvement and mindfulness traits. Now, here are 30 fun and easy things to bring into your relationship to help keep you present, playful, and remembering all those fabulous things you love about your partner.

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The drive to be in a loving relationship can be an incredibly strong need. After all, love is one of our strongest emotions. Whether you have been in a relationship 6 months or 12 years, actively working toward keeping the relationship healthy and strong takes two people. If nothing else, cuddle up on the couch, pop some popcorn, and enjoy the list below as your own form of bonding time.

  1. Spend a little extra time in bed (morning or night) to laugh, joke, and talk about goals and what excites you.
  2. Cook meals together.
  3. When you bump into each other around the house, use the opportunity for a hug, silly kiss, or playful moment.
  4. Try an activity you both can be awkward at together and don’t take it too seriously.
  5. Learn something new together.
  6. Teach each other something new.
  7. Have a conversation with each other using just movie quotes.
  8. Share your goals as you work on them through the day.
  9. Cheer each other on as you both work through your goals and projects for the day.
  10. Get up early and make breakfast for each other.
  11. Surprise your partner at lunch with their favorite hot drink.
  12. Make sure to ask how each other’s day went.
  13. Flirt with each other throughout the day.
  14. Go for an evening walk and watch the stars come out.
  15. Plan an at-home retreat day together (no phones or computers).
  16. Check out a local open house or two.
  17. Create a yummy recipe together.
  18. Tell each other “I love you” at night before going to sleep.
  19. Play, “I’m grateful for (fill in the blank)” together.
  20. Spend an afternoon being silly together—go to playgrounds, get ice cream cones, and go window shopping, etc.
  21. Spend an afternoon going through old albums and boxes to see what you discover.
  22. Browse in a used bookstore.
  23. Write down all the things about your partner you’re grateful for and share it with each other at the end of the night.
  24. Invite friends over for a potluck and board games. Expand your circle of friends by having them bring one new friend.
  25. Volunteer at an animal shelter together.
  26. Coach a kids’ sports team together.
  27. Always kiss each other hello whenever you see each other.
  28. Turn on your favorite music and dance through the house.
  29. Check the local paper for free musical festivals, farmers’ markets, or other festivals to enjoy together.
  30. Set a timer and listen to each other for 1 minute. First person gets to tell about their day, their worries, goals, etc. The second person actively listens, then switch.

Mix and match them, create your own, have fun with it. Share it with your friends and see what they think!

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Last Updated on February 13, 2019

10 Things Happy People Do Differently

10 Things Happy People Do Differently

Think being happy is something that happens as a result of luck, circumstance, having money, etc.? Think again.

Happiness is a mindset. And if you’re looking to improve your ability to find happiness, then check out these 10 things happy people do differently.

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. -Dalai Lama

1. Happy people find balance in their lives.

Folks who are happy have this in common: they’re content with what they have, and don’t waste a whole lot of time worrying and stressing over things they don’t. Unhappy people do the opposite: they spend too much time thinking about what they don’t have. Happy people lead balanced lives. This means they make time for all the things that are important to them, whether it’s family, friends, career, health, religion, etc.

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2. Happy people abide by the golden rule.

You know that saying you heard when you were a kid, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Well, happy people truly embody this principle. They treat others with respect. They’re sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of other people. They’re compassionate. And they get treated this way (most of the time) in return.

3. Happy people don’t sweat the small stuff.

One of the biggest things happy people do differently compared to unhappy people is they let stuff go. Bad things happen to good people sometimes. Happy people realize this, are able to take things in stride, and move on. Unhappy people tend to dwell on minor inconveniences and issues, which can perpetuate feelings of sadness, guilt, resentment, greed, and anger.

4. Happy people take responsibility for their actions.

Happy people aren’t perfect, and they’re well aware of that. When they screw up, they admit it. They recognize their faults and work to improve on them. Unhappy people tend to blame others and always find an excuse why things aren’t going their way. Happy people, on the other hand, live by the mantra:

“There are two types of people in the world: those that do and those that make excuses why they don’t.”

5. Happy people surround themselves with other happy people.

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    One defining characteristic of happy people is they tend to hang out with other happy people. Misery loves company, and unhappy people gravitate toward others who share their negative sentiments. If you’re struggling with a bout of sadness, depression, worry, or anger, spend more time with your happiest friends or family members. Chances are, you’ll find that their positive attitude rubs off on you.

    6. Happy people are honest with themselves and others.

    People who are happy often exhibit the virtues of honesty and trustworthiness. They would rather give you candid feedback, even when the truth hurts, and they expect the same in return. Happy people respect people who give them an honest opinion.

    7. Happy people show signs of happiness.

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      This one may sound obvious but it’s a key differentiator between happy and unhappy people. Think about your happiest friends. Chances are, the mental image you form is of them smiling, laughing, and appearing genuinely happy. On the flip side, those who aren’t happy tend to look the part. Their posture may be slouched and you may perceive a lack of confidence.

      8. Happy people are passionate.

      Another thing happy people have in common is their ability to find their passions in life and pursue those passions to the fullest. Happy people have found what they’re looking for, and they spend their time doing what they love.

      9. Happy people see challenges as opportunities.

      Folks who are happy accept challenges and use them as opportunities to learn and grow. They turn negatives into positives and make the best out of seemingly bad situations. They don’t dwell on things that are out of their control; rather, they seek solutions and creative ways of overcoming obstacles.

      10. Happy people live in the present.

      While unhappy people tend to dwell on the past and worry about the future, happy people live in the moment. They are grateful for “the now” and focus their efforts on living life to the fullest in the present. Their philosophy is:

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      There’s a reason it’s called “the present.” Because life is a gift.

      So if you’d like to bring a little more happiness into your life, think about the 10 principles above and how you can use them to make yourself better.

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