9 Small Ways to Show Kindness to Your Partner

9 Small Ways to Show Kindness to Your Partner

The little things really do matter most!


By Lorraine Allen

Sure, we’re all good people, and we treat our families kindly, the way we want them to treat us. But are we aware of how important it is to do this, and that the more we do it, the stronger our marriages will be, and the longer they will last? Research has shown that kindness in couples is, in fact, the greatest predictor of the relationship’s longevity. Kind of amazing, and also simple, when you think about it. Here are several easy ways spouses can show compassion, understanding, and love to each other every day – make sure to share the list with your partner, too!

  • After a long day, surprise your spouse with a favorite meal or a special dessert, just because.
  • Clear the weekend calendar for a special family activity, capped off with a date night for just the two of you.
  • Hire a handyman to take care of the “honey do” list to free up your partner’s time.
  • Do the grocery shopping so she can spend the time doing something else, or splurge on a grocery delivery service so you can do something together instead.
  • Take the car to be washed (and detailed, if you can!).

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  • Buy him a new razor or aftershave, or special shampoo or body wash.
  • Slip a love note in her coat pocket, or by the coffee maker, or somewhere else she’ll find it in the morning.
  • Frame a picture of you together, recent or old, and hang it up.
  • Ask her what you can do to help.
  • When he feels frustrated or down, remind him of the myriad ways – big and small – you truly appreciate him.
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Lorraine is a freelance parenting and food writer, and she shares her cooking adventures and family recipes at FeedingLina.com. She lives in New York with her family and one squirrel-obsessed dog. Follow her @feedingLina.

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