Keep Your Relationship Alive This Couple Appreciation Month

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Showing your appreciation by giving your undivided attention is a good way how to keep a relationship strong and happy.

Did you know that there’s another month wherein you can celebrate love with your romantic partner?

Forget the overly commercialized Valentine’s Day that most people only observe for a day—it is now April, and it is time for Couple Appreciation Month!

A Brief History

Couple Appreciation Month is an annual occasion that spans the whole month of April.

It was coined by Blissful Escapes, a travel consulting services provider specializing in stress-free romantic getaways, spreading the idea of appreciating couples for a month throughout the U.S.

Although it seems unnecessary, it is an enjoyable month-long celebration for couples.

Furthermore, it is not only limited to America—you can celebrate it anywhere.

If you are wondering how to keep a relationship strong and happy this April, here are three reasons to consider celebrating Couple Appreciation Month together.

An Excuse to Celebrate Love

Whether you are new to the relationship or have been dating for a few months or years, it is inevitable that there are, and will be, lull moments.

If you ignore this part of your relationship, the flame may slowly flicker out until they are completely extinguished.

Finding an excuse to celebrate love is always healthy for your relationship.

30 Days of Celebrating Love

Valentine’s Day only lasts for a day, whereas Couple Appreciation Month lasts for 720 hours.

On that note, there are a lot more things you can do in a month than in just one day.

So, scratch Valentine’s Day because Couple Appreciation Month is here—showing your affection for your significant other does not have to end in a day, you know?

It’s All about Your Significant Other

Couple Appreciation Month is all about appreciating everything that made you fall in love with your sweetheart and doing something to keep the romance alive.

You can reinforce the foundation of your relationship by establishing a more durable pillar of trust or keep the romance alive by doing things you both enjoy.

A relationship is not about “you” or “me” but “us.”

Keeping the Relationship Alive

Your love story does not have to be a plot from your favorite rom-com flick to make it just as good.

Here are some ways to pull out all the stops in keeping the spark alive to create a meaningful and fulfilling relationship:

Spend Quality Time Together

Reserve some dates for your romantic partner so you can do something you enjoy together.

For instance, if you both love the beach and sunrise, take an early morning stroll at Tortuguero in Costa Rica. If you are into sightseeing, witness how the old and new architecture blends perfectly in Cartagena. Or you can simply spend time learning about each other’s hobbies.

Co-existing is not enough to keep your relationship alive—giving them your undivided attention and doing things you both love will.

Toss a Compliment Daily

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Making simple yet romantic gestures to show affection is another good way how to keep relationship strong.

Compliment them every day and treat it as a challenge.

Try to highlight their positive traits, let them know you appreciate them, and remind them why you fell in love with them.

Rebuild Intimacy

Rebuilding intimacy takes time, so focus on it while you’re together.

A simple way to reconnect, which most couples tend to forget, is to kiss and hug when you greet hello and goodbye to each other.

Remember that maintaining intimacy is part of the recipe for keeping the relationship going. And it’s not just about sex but also the simple gestures that make you feel excited and fulfilled as a couple.

In terms of emotional intimacy, treat your relationship as a bank where you can deposit positive reinforcements and withdraw any negative interactions that degrade the value of your relationship.

The more you invest in the relationship, the more it grows.

Recall Memories

Take time to reminisce about how your relationship started. Talk about what attracted you to each other and what you felt when you saw each other for the first time. Also, recreating your first date is a good way to reminisce.

Recalling notable moments in your relationship will help you realize how you have both grown since the beginning of your relationship and how far you are willing to go.

Build New Memories.

Reminiscing about how it all started and the journey you have been through is wonderful, but try not to stop there. Create new memories that you can cherish together—the ones you can share with your kids and grandchildren.

Use Small Romantic Gestures

Grand gestures may be excellent, but it is the simple yet consistent acts of love that truly strengthen the bond and keep the relationship alive.

Send random I-love-you messages or sneak in a short love letter in her bag.

Make a Habit of Dining Together

In the early stages of your relationship, you often do things that help you get to know each other. And as you learn more about each other over time, the enthusiasm fades, and everything somehow becomes a routine.

A simple way to strengthen your relationship is to make an effort to dine together with your partner daily. It is just easier to connect with each other and enjoy your time together when food is involved.

As the saying goes, “The couple that eats together, stays together.”

Avoid Comparing Your Relationship to Others

Seeing someone make grand gestures to their partners on social media is sometimes for entertainment, so do not be quick to judge. Be content with what you have right now.

If you feel envious of relationships you see on social media, think of it as a distorted reality. Instead, keep in mind that your relationship is unique and never compare it to others.

Keep It Simple and Real

Do you think love should be like in the movies, wherein everything is fancy?

If you do, you are only putting pressure on your relationship. Instead, be realistic and focus on the simple things that made you fall in love with each other. You would be surprised at how attracted you are to your partner when you are both happy and content together.

People sometimes forget that you do not have to spend a lot of money to make your partner feel special.

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Keeping the spark alive is not about “you” or “me” but “us.”

There is no right or wrong way to celebrate Couple Appreciation Month. What is important is that you establish a solid foundation in your relationship and are grateful for your significant other every waking hour, not just in April.

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