It's time for more tips for making your marriage last, joyfully! Here are my next five tips for keeping your long-term relationship strong, fresh and healthy:
21. Laughter therapy
Take time to laugh together - whether it's with a funny movie, at a comedy club, or just telling a joke. Laughter is healthy for your body, brings up your mood and energy and enhances those feel-good chemicals in your brain. And, it's useful to get in the habit of taking a lighter view on things - for next time you're facing each other in frustration.
22. Respect each other's space
A lot of the advice for relationships is about ways to get closer, but actually a good way to stay together is to respect each other's space. Every person needs some time in their life to be an individual. It's not healthy to be completely subsumed into someone else, whether it's a partner or a child. Give your partner some space to do their own thing once in a while, to spend time alone occasionally and reconstitute their individual self. You will probably find that if you do some things separately once in a while, you'll have more to talk about. Also, people want to see you more if you're always right on top of them. It makes them appreciate your presence all the more. Finally, individual space gives the other person a chance to work out any frustrations or tiredness before spending time with you - and trust me, that's a good thing.
23. Learn something new about your partner.