Thanksgiving is a time of year when gratitude is at the forefront of our minds. We go out of our way to talk about the things and people we’re thankful for during the holiday season. But gratitude – especially for your spouse – is in season all year long.
In today’s post, we’re sharing some of our all-time best gratitude resources from the blog. If you’re looking for some special ways to tell your husband or wife thank you any time of year, then keep reading.
1. Gratitude is a Practice
First, it’s important to understand that gratitude is a practice. We all need to practice gratitude on a regular basis for it to become an ingrained habit. When we do, we can create wonderful opportunities for positive change in our marriage.
Over the years, we’ve created several resources here on the blog to help you practice gratitude more consistently:
- Practicing Gratitude in Marriage
- How to Infuse Gratitude Into Your Relationship
- How to Appreciate Your Spouse More
2. Gratitude is Transformative
Second, gratitude is transformative. It can change any relationship for the better – especially your marriage. In our article, 5 Ways to Transform Your Marriage Through Gratitude, we share tips to help you and your spouse create lasting positive change through the power of consistent gratitude.
There are many factors that can contribute to challenges in your relationship. While no marriage is perfect, it’s absolutely possible to build a strong and lasting foundation through gratitude, love, and empathy. Then, when you face inevitable obstacles, you can fall back on those foundational practices to bring yourselves back to love.
3. Gratitude is Healing
Finally, gratitude is healing. Expressing thankfulness to one another can heal old wounds and give us a new lease on our relationship. Two of our favorite articles on gratitude, 10 Ways to Show Gratitude to Your Spouse and 4 Ways to Genuinely Thank Your Spouse, Starting Today, share actionable tips you can start using right away.
There are many ways to genuinely show gratitude and tell your spouse thank you for all the things they do. Depending on your spouse’s personality and style of communication, some of those ways will resonate more than others. Find the thank-yous that truly bring joy to your spouse and put them into practice.
If your spouse has been feeling overlooked, overwhelmed, or underappreciated, this is the perfect time to let them know that you see them and everything they do for you. A little gratitude for a mundane day’s work can make all the difference – especially when you say thank you regularly.
Learn to Communicate Your Gratitude and Love More Clearly
Another great way to show gratitude to one another is by taking time to learn (or re-learn) each other’s communication styles. Not only will this help you to grow closer; it will also give you more clarity. Take a look at our Love Talk Couples Kit, as well as Love Talk Starters (our accompanying book of conversation prompts), to get started.
How do you tell your spouse you’re grateful for them all year long? Let us know in the comments.