1. Share Your Gratitude List. Take a few moments, perhaps cuddled on the couch together, to take turns sharing five things for which you're each grateful. Go even further by making this a regular ritual.
2. Get Out of A Rut. Does the television come on every night after dinner? Try shaking up your routine by taking a walk around the block with your partner instead, or playing a board game. Activities like these spark conversation and encourage connection.
3. Exhibit Curiosity About Each Other. What's something new you could learn about your partner today? Maybe it's something from the past such as a stand-out childhood memory. Perhaps it's something in the future like a five-year goal or fantasy career path. There's always something new to explore about your partner's inner world.
4. Share Meals Together. While this might be difficult due to conflicting schedules, make a commitment to eating together as often as possible. Sitting down to dinner together is an opportunity to hear about your partner's day and to share yours as well. No time this week? Set the alarm for a half an hour earlier in the morning to connect over a cup of coffee.
5. Have a New Experience As a Team. Doing something new can be energizing and invigorating on an individual level, and the same is true in a relationship. Imagine what would it feel like to take a rafting trip with your partner and conquer the rapids as a team. Closer to home, you and your partner could volunteer a few hours at a soup kitchen. Result? A shared positive experience of giving to others.
What other ideas can you think of to enhance the feelings of closeness with your partner?