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Keep Your Spouse Happy Beyond Valentines Day.

03 February 2017
Kevin Hartley

If there’s any true meaning to be found in Valentine’s Day, perhaps it’s that relationships need to be nurtured, protected, and celebrated. 

Those in new romantic relationships (the ones for whom February 14 still feels exciting and full of promise) don’t need reminders to flirt with their partners and practice kindness. Those in 10, 30, and 50-year-long relationships often do. 

According to Dr John Grohol, the founder of, there are five secrets to successful long-term relationships: compromising, communicating, carefully choosing your battles, being honest about your needs, and never underestimating the importance of trust and honesty. 

Other experts preach the importance of going out on regular dates, having separate and shared hobbies, renewing vows, and paying lots of compliments. Some say that a slow-down in physical intimacy should be expected. Others encourage trying new things often. Long story short: keeping the romance in long-term relationships takes work, and there is no shortage of tips to try.

Like Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” there are plenty of ways to keep your lover. 

     Stop picking on them for what they lack, Jack

     Always be their biggest fan, Stan

     You don’t need to be coy, Roy (be open and share!)

     Just be as kind as you can be

    Don’t always make a fuss, Gus

    Remember to kiss and touch and such

    Think “we,” not “me,” Lee

And be as patient as you can be. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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