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It’s a privilege to introduce you to JJ Veal, a very funny lady and blogger at stealingfaith.com, where she writes on “parenting, choosing a successful marriage, how to be a grown up, and those quirky stories about the human condition that are too bizarre to pass without a sarcastic mention.” Today, she shares some great advice for married couples:

JJ Veale

If you’re like me, on occasion things around the homestead get a little hairy and one day you are sipping a cup of the strongest coffee your machine can make and you realize you haven’t really looked your spouse in the eye for a few days.

It’s not a pretty realization. It makes me sad. I think I’m not the only one who has this problem.

So I started brainstorming simple ways you can communicate love to your most significant other. If you incorporate just a few of these into your life, it can only help the hubba-hubba factor increase! So spouses . . .

1. Hug for 30 seconds or longer. Relax into it.
2. Make eye contact.
3. Finish a conversation from start to finish, despite distractions.
4. Fix their coffee for them.
5. Make sure you’ve got your schedule on the master calendar.
6. Switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer.
7. Load/unload the dishwasher.
8. Plan a spontaneous trip.
9. Leave a love note in their her lunch box.
10. Make a list of the reasons why you married them, then share it with them.
11. Give a back rub.
12. Let them go to the bathroom first when you’re both racing for it.
13. Ask them on a date.
14. Post a status update complimenting them, make sure you tag them in it.
15. Clarify before jumping to a conclusion when tensions escalate.
16. Discover something new together.
17. Laugh. Tell a joke. Be silly.
18. Say, “I love you. Forever.”
19. Compliment them in front of your children.
20. Remind yourself of how you felt when you were dating.
21. Dust/clean his/her side of the bedroom.
22. Ask them what’s on their mind. Listen to the response.
23. Make their needs and wants your priority.
24. Give them a gift.
25. Allow them time with friends without guilt.
26. Be nice to their family members.
27. Pray for them.
28. Say you’re proud of what they do.
29. Make an inside joke.
30. Go on a date.
31. Take care of yourself.
32. Acknowledge their “A” for efforts.
33. Give them grace. Repeatedly.
34. Tell them their dreams aren’t foolish.
35. Be someone pleasing to spend time around.
36. Flirt with them.
37. Snatch quick kisses at the stoplight/drive through.
38. Hold hands.
39. Let them speak without interruption.
40. Don’t jump to conclusions.
41. Assume good will and that you’re on the same team.
42. Don’t say anything when you want to be critical.
43. Talk up their best qualities to your friends and family.
44. Clean up your messes.
45. Follow through on your promises.
46. Get in a tickle fight.
47. Indulge in something mutually enjoyable.
48. Respect them as you would your friend.
49. Don’t criticize yourself.
50. Play footsie under the table.

And, for hope and humor about love, marriage and sex visit An ‘adult’ site for adults. (No worries, it’s PG-13)

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