5 Things to Say to Make Your Partner Feel Loved

Fairy tale love stories usually end with, “and they lived happily ever after.”  But IRL, it’s the “ever after” part that is a lot more challenging. There are so many things you can say to make your partner feel loved and appreciated. Check out these five things to say to your SO on a regular basis in order to reaffirm your relationship. Have you said any of these to your partner lately?

Here’s a note worth sticking on your bathroom mirror: Communication is key to maintaining a healthy relationship. In the early stages, you had to control yourself from texting your SO too often. Nowadays, your conversations tend to be all about the mundane, everyday stuff like “don’t forget to buy groceries” or “were you able to pay for our electric bill?” But there are also things that need to be said on a regular basis to maintain your intimacy. Here are five lifeline phrases you should tell your partner often to keep your bond strong. It’s a great reminder that no matter how crazy life gets, you care for one another deeply.

1.  How Was Your Day?

This is your way of staying connected and knowing what your partner is going through. It also tells them that you care. Ask about particulars—the new boss or the difficult client. If you’re aware that Mondays mean ExCom meetings at your partner’s company then you’ll know to give extra TLC at the end of the workday.

2.  I Really Appreciate You

Signing up for a long-term relationship means that it’s not always going to be a bed of roses. There are times when you’ll disagree on things and you’ll discover some of your partner’s quirks drive you batty. That is why it’s important to say how much you appreciate your SO on a regular basis. Simple phrases such as “I like what you said earlier to Mom” or “thanks for picking up the kids today,” help remind them that in spite of all the differences, you do appreciate them.

3.  I’m Sorry

Surest way to let your partner know you love them? Admit whenever you are wrong and just simply say, “I’m sorry.”  No excuses, no coverups.

4.  I’m Proud of You

Especially when your partner is going through a difficult time, telling them that you are proud of them is a wonderful way of showing your support and, ultimately, your love.

5.  I Love You.

This is the line that usually becomes corny and disappears or gets relegated to special occasions like anniversaries or Valentine’s Day only.  It doesn’t have to be said in a corny way.  Be creative.  Maybe it’s through a cute GIF you send as a PM while your partner is stuck in traffic somewhere.  Or maybe send an audio clip in the middle of the work day. But really, you can never say it enough.  And admit it, you really won’t grow tired of hearing it said to you.