Once the honeymoon period has waned, once everyday life has set in, once kids enter the picture, happiness looks a lot different for people in a committed relationship. It’s easy to be happy in the beginning, when the butterflies are still there and everything is new. But it’s not actually all that hard to be happy when you’re in the middle of the long haul, either. If you know where to look, you’ll notice that there are little things that all happy couples do regularly.
In the day-to-day, happiness doesn’t always look like radiating joy all the time. It doesn’t look like giddily texting each other all day, or greeting each other with tongue every time you reconnect. Even though that may still happen sometimes, long-term couples tend to measure happiness and healthiness a little bit differently. And while each couple is different, what all happy couples have in common are little things that have a big impact on their relationship.
Relationships ebb and flow, and there are times where things will be better than others. There will be hard times and bumps in the road, but there are things that partners can be sure to do that can add to the overall long-term happiness of their relationship. Here are some things that every happy couple does.