Resolve to schedule a monthly check-in.
It may not be the sexiest resolution the world, but experts agree that setting aside time to stop what you’re doing and connect with your partner is an important ingredient in a long-lasting relationship. “Consider what your partner might be withholding or afraid to say out of fear of upsetting you—or what you want that you might not be getting,” says Claudia Six, Ph.D., clinical sexologist and relationship coach. Giving yourselves a time and space to talk these things through on a consistent basis is important.
Resolve to plan “date trips.”
Date nights are important, but planning a weekend getaway scores you both some major intimacy points. Whether you run away in the RV, camp on a beach, or splurge for the romantic bed & breakfast, Dr. Six says just go away. Even a staycation in your city or hometown counts!
Resolve to thank and praise your partner.
In the same vein of showing affection, sharing affection verbally with appreciations is important. Whether it’s a simple compliment—like “I love that sweater on you!” or “You have such a knack for communicating with others”—or showing thanks over something your partner may have done for you, a little word of encouragement and acknowledgement can go a long way.