Marriage is tough! This year spice it up with New Year’s resolutions tailored to you and your love. 

2020 is the start of a new decade, new memories, and new beginnings for your relationship. Promise to hold each other closer and always keep a listening ear. There’s no room for negativity in a healthy marriage. So, why incorporate it into your yearly commitments? The answer is: you don’t! Focus on making positive resolutions that will help nurture your love and strengthen your bond as a couple.  

Most importantly, stay away from resolutions that feel like work. Instead, plan on having fun and making the most out of your time together. Your future depends on you and the work that you do. So, make it great! Read on for our list of New Year’s resolutions every married couple needs in 2020. 

1. Compliment Each Other As Much As Possible 

This is a sure-fire way to keep the marriage sparks glowing. Couples who express their appreciation for one another are known to be among the happiest of them all. Who doesn’t want to hear how great they look? No grand gestures needed here either, just simple reminders to show how much you care. 

2. Make A Date With Your Bedroom 

Dates are great, especially dates that revolve around the bedroom. A lot of married couples take intimacy for granted. But the truth is, keeping things fresh and fun under the sheets can be a challenge. Make a bedroom date, every week, and stick to it! Intimacy is a vital component of a healthy relationship. 

3. Stop Talking And Start Listening 

You may hear everything your partner says, but are you really listening? This new year, make a commitment to compromise more, listen with compassion, and keep an open line of communication. In a marriage, it’s important to create a positive space in which you and your partner can talk about your doubts and mistakes without apprehension. So, put your best listening ears on and quiet your voices. 

4. Laugh Like Nobody’s Watching 

The best medicine in life is laughter. So, laugh! Laugh without reservations, laugh at things that are silly, watch funny movies, and plan activities that will undoubtedly have you tearing up with joy. Who cares what other people think about it? Scientists at the University of North Carolina recently confirmed that couples who laugh together are more likely to experience strong, positive relationships. 

5. Put Each Other First 

As a married couple, your foundation for happiness relies on the efforts you put into your relationship every single day. Praise each other’s successes, be there even when they don’t need you to be, and make sure your spouse knows in the game of life, they’re the only passenger you want in the front seat.

Susan Block is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in marriage, family and individual therapy and is an active member of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Susan Block practices in South Florida

Susan Block is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in marriage, family and individual therapy. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University in 1997 and completed her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2004. Also an active member of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Susan Block offers Couples Counseling in South Florida, as well as online therapy throughout the state. Click on the link to find out more: