One of our Favorite Ways to Make Up in the Middle of a Fight

When you’re dating, it’s easy to get swept up in a romantic pursuit of your boo. But once you get married, part of the charm wears off & real life hits. So, how do you stay grateful for your relationship when you see your hubby or wife on the daily?

One tradition my hubs and I started last year is keeping a Gratefulness Jar. It’s super simple, but it’s also incredibly effective. Every time we go on a great date, have a fun memory together, or something amazing happens in our lives, we write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Then, once a year, we read through everything that happened & are automatically much more grateful for each other.

Bonus: If you’re ever in a heated argument, you can also cheat and take a sneak peek at the jar together. Reading through the good times reminds you that the bad won’t last forever. Plus, it makes you realize how many incredible memories you share together.

So, how do you stay grateful for the relationship you have? Look to your jar, not to social media. Don’t compare your relationship with anyone else’s. You’re only seeing the parts they’re proud of on Instagram, not their real-life relationship drama. Also, make it a habit to tell your spouse how much you love them, how much you appreciate them, and why you’re proud of them. When you practice gratefulness, contentment follows.

So, this year, start your jar, give your compliments, and enjoy your memories free from comparison.

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