26. Acknowledge positive actions. When you and your partner see positive actions, solutions, or behavior in one another, acknowledge it and remind each other to keep it up.
27. Establish genuine connections with the other’s friends and family. Hang out together with both of your friends and family. This is the stuff that makes the world go ’round, people!
28. Pay attention to the tiny things that bother your partner, and if it’s painless for you, work to change them. We’re not talking changing your laugh or your style, but if you know that your partner really hates it when you leave the kitchen counter cluttered, try to make a point of clearing it off before he gets home. It’s an easy enough thing to do and it makes their day better, so why not?
29. Never, never forget to ask about the other person’s day. It’s such an easy slight to avoid!
30. Only one person gets to have the bad day. If your partner’s day sucked and yours was just “eh,” let them have the pity (and the control of the remote, and the choice of take-out). If it’s you, announce it early and let them know you need the support. If it’s a toss-up, trade stories about why your days were so awful and you’ll end up laughing while trying to figure out who wins.
31. Small gifts go a long way.Bringing home a pack of their favorite candy/magazine/book by a favorite author never gets old.
32. Graham Parsons has a song lyric that says “I just want to hold you, I don’t want to hold you down.”Let that be your motto when you’re giving your partner advice.
33. Log onto Instagram and like all their photos. Just because.
34. Plan a date where you revisit the spot you went on your first date. Remember all the amazing things that brought you from then to now.
35. Go on a walk together somewhere beautiful. And don’t forget to turn off your cell phones.
36. Surprise them with dinner.One unexpected night, surprise your partner with a home-cooked meal, and a nicely-set table.
37. Review your top five favorite funny things your partner has done. Because your partner is funny! That’s part of why you like them.
38. Go to a yoga class together Or other exercise class together. Your body and relationship will thank you!
39. Go on a road trip, even if you’re not going anywhere far. It’s nice to get out of town sometimes.
40. Pick up a six-pack of toilet paper or (even better) a six-pack of beer. Without even being asked.
41. Keep the surprises coming. Think of your relationship as a creative challenge. To keep the romance fresh, come up with new date ideas, new sex positions, and new ways to demonstrate your love.
42. Plan small outings. Whether its brunch this weekend, or a trip to a new neighborhood.
43. Make out. Kissing is something that is often set to the side the longer a couple has been together. Out of blue one day, initiate a high-school style make-out session.
44. Let it go. Don’t hold onto that thing your lover said or did six months ago and bring it up each time you get mad at him. Do both of you a favor and let it go
45. Don’t interrupt. Even if what you think your significant other is saying is uninteresting, don’t bulldoze over his or her words. Being able to listen to each other—even when the details are mundane—is important.
46. Say thanks. Let him know that you notice the little things he does by saying thank you for routine tasks like walking the dog or picking up groceries.
47. Cook a meal together. Come up with a menu, shop, and prepare the food together.
48. Have fun with hypotheticals. Conversation can become routine. Break from the ordinary and have a silly dinner conversation made entirely of imaginary situations—for example, “If you were on an island and could only bring five movies, which movies would you bring?
49. Keep a couple’s journal. Write down your desires and fantasies and leave them out for your significant other to find—encourage him to write back.
50. Agree to disagree. This is one of the most important relationship tips, as you both have strong opinions and therefore some issues will never be resolved. Respect each other’s point of view and agree not to argue about the same issue, unless it’s something that could get in the way of your future, like politics, religion, or values.