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Ten Small Ways To Show Your Spouse You Care

In honor of the spring, here are some easy Happy Marriage Tips to rejuvenate your relationship (it’s the little things that count, after all). Why not do something sweet and loving for your husband or wife to show them you still care and think about them throughout the day?

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10 Simple Ways To Surprise Your Spouse

* Bring him breakfast to him in bed to start the day right, especially if he is facing a tough day

* Give her a spontaneous hug or a kiss on the forehead while she is getting ready in the morning

* Thank him for something he did for you recently that you didn’t acknowledge

* Out of the blue, tell her she looks very pretty

* Pat him on the behind or stroke his back as he passes you in the hall

* Plan an unexpected weekday date, and let her know when she gets home from work to get ready for a night of fun! (Plan something she likes)

* Make something he loves for dinner, even if it’s a more complicated dish

* Come home with flowers, for absolutely no reason. Say you saw them and thought of her smile

* After dinner, reach for him and give him a hug without saying anything

* Do a chore she hates, without being asked or letting her know about it (let her find out by surprise)

Now, go do something awesome for your spouse!

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  • Donna

    I’m proud to say, we do these things on a fairly regular basis. I will have to fix him breakfast in bed some morning during the week, though (I occasionally do it, but only if it’s a weekend). That would definitely surprise him. Oh, he also does breakfast in bed for me, too. 🙂

  • Great tips, Penelope. I need to tell my husband “thank you” more often.

  • nicole @WriteSpell

    Excellent tips!

  • Great tips for keeping the relationship alive!

  • These are great tips!! Life gets busy, but I should always remember to do small things like this!

  • Megan

    My husband does most of these things. I’m so blessed. I will try harder to make him see how much I appreciate and love him. Thanks!

  • Sometimes it truly is the little things. Great post to remind us all!

  • Theresa

    Great tips!!

  • After 31+ years of marriage I sometimes forget to do these, so thanks.

  • Love these tip Penelope! Love those spontaneous hugs and kisses. They show that romance still exists between two people. 🙂

  • Those are great tips and go a long way for making each other feel special.

  • Good advice. My husband and I are always doing little things for each other. I think it’s better to always do little things, instead of one big thing once a year.

  • Maureen @ Wisconsin Mommy

    Great reminders here!

  • Anne - Mommy Has to Work

    Wondeful tips! Should I print this and leave it nearby? lol

  • Wonderful tips!

  • Michael

    Surprisingly me and my wife do most of these sweet things on a daily basis but I must say I am a very lucky man and no she is not behind me telling me what to write 🙂 we really do take care of one another because that’s what keeps us young. But truthfully I thank my wife every day for what she does for me and our family and we always teach our kids to appreciate their mother as she is the bond that holds us together. Thanks for sharing this with us, now I think I’ll go and buy my wife some flowers because I really am thinking of her smile.

  • Great list! I need to remember to do these more- and I need to leave this browser window open for my fiancee to see… 😉

  • Great tips! I need to implement just a few of these. 🙂

  • Great tips. We do quite a few of them regularly 🙂

  • Great tips! My husband and I both do most of these tips. 🙂

  • Jenn

    Thanks! We need a little pick-me-up around here.

  • These are all fantastic little things that are so easy to do, but mean so much! I think that a lot of people forget how easy it is to make their spouse feel special.

  • This is so important for your marriage.

  • Colorado Springs Roofing

    I love these. I need more moments like these with my husband. Maybe I need to be the one to initiate them… Thank you. 🙂

  • great tips, little things that make a BIG difference

  • These are great tips, especially with Valentine’s Day just around the corner!