Need a New Year's resolution for 2011? Make 2011 the year that you fix your broken relationship, give your average relationship a boost, or continue to enhance and intesify your already amazing relationship. Try implementing 1, 2, or all of these seemingly simple, yet extremely influential behaviors into your relationship routine and watch 2011 be the best year yet!
5. Say "I love you" (or some version of that) every single day in 2011. Text it, email it, Facebook it, or just say it.
4. Have a date night at least twice a month. Dinner and a movie, an exotic weekend get-a-way, or a night of ice skating will suffice. Do whatever you can to make sure that you and your partner have a few hours of uninterrupted, face-to-face, alone time. Even if this means that you put the kids to bed, turn off the tv, and play a board game at the kitchen table. Spend some quality one-on-one time together in 2011. Click HERE, HERE, and HERE for some great date ideas for any time of the year.
3. Become a list-maker. Write down everything that you love and appreciate about your partner. And continue to return to this list through out the year. Share this list with your mate on New Year's Eve next year. You could read the list to your partner, create a "reasons I love you" scrapbook, or an online photo book with each reason included.
2. Implement a "let's talk" night (preferably once a week, but at least twice a month). I'll admit, this isn't one of my tips, it's Alisa Bowmen's (of http://www.projecthappilyeverafter.com/). Click HERE to read her incredibly practical and insightful article about the necessity of a "let's talk" night.
1. Laugh with each other. Laugh about the things that would usually irritate you and laugh about those silly things that we encounter from time to time. Remember to not take life so seriously; it's supposed to be fun! Laughter not only has a significant impact on your physical and mental well-being as an individual, but it can also help you to feel closer with your partner while increasing the amount of positive interactions that the two of you share.