10 Ways To Strengthen Your Marriage

10 Ways To Strengthen Your Marriage #6

#6 – Show Appreciation

Continuing in my 10-post series, 10 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage, #6 on my list is “Show Appreciation.”

Showing appreciation to one’s spouse is very important in a marriage.  There are many ways that married couples can show appreciation and they don’t all have to cost any money (although a little gift here and there never hurts!).  So how do we show our spouse that we appreciate them?  Here are five short ways I came up with to do just that:

  1. Say “Thank You:”  We say thank you to customers, co-workers and to those providing some type of service. So why not say it to the one person who means the most to us in our lives.  Two words make a big difference!
  2. Do something unexpected:  Treat your spouse to a spa day, watch the kids for a few hours so that he or she has some free time, cook a special meal, clean the house, buy a surprise gift or a vacation.  These are just a few of the many things that couples can do to show appreciation to each other.
  3. Write it down:  How long has it been since you received a thank you note or a letter? We live in the age of technology so we can send an email, write a text or even just a regular old-fashioned hand-written letter to our spouse works wonders. Be creative!
  4. Send flowers:  OK, men, this one is important.  Our spouses love being surprised with a bouquet of roses unexpectedly.  Why not?  They are beautiful and are a symbol of love.
  5. Show respect: The way we treat each other shows how much we appreciate our spouse.  Being kind, considerate and sympathetic to the other person’s needs first shows appreciation.


Hi, I'm Jeremy, the founder of Go Ask Your Daddy Blog. I'm a 30-something daddy to four kids ten and under, husband to a beautiful woman who is a special needs teacher, manager by day, and a typical sports-loving guy. I blog about my Catholic faith, experience in parenting, marriage, and our many travels as a family.

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