We can all take a cue from one of the happiest couples, like, ever.
We all know that Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines are serious #relationshipgoals. The home improvement duo are part of the reason we find ourselves glued to the TV when the show is on (the other part is the excitement of finding out how much shiplap they can find during demo day…)
We just love the couple's cute ways of showing each other that they're loved. Below, see some of the sweetest love lessons we've learned from Chip and Jo and find out how you can apply them to your own marriage.
Surprise each other.
Marriage can get a little stagnant if you do the same things day in and day out. It's important to keep your partner on their toes, and the Gaines' duo does a great job of that. Whether they're being silly with each other (usually led by Chip) or planning huge over-the-top birthday and anniversary parties for each other, the couple knows how to shake the mundane day-to-day up in a good way.
Trust each other.
Joanna once said, “I knew he was the one because I knew I could trust him." Hopefully you already trust your partner (a super important quality in marriage), but keep it strong by continuously building it up. Tell each other secrets, look into each other's eyes and remind your partner that you've got their back.
Make each other laugh.
No explanation needed for why we need this one, but it's easy to get so stressed and busy with life that we forget to be silly together. Laughter is so important for not only your relationship but your own health, too. It can help relieve tension, stimulate your heart, lungs and muscles, plus it can even improve your immune system. Take a cue from Chip and Jo to find some funny in your everyday life. Need some inspiration? Here are three easy ways to laugh together more.
Keep it real.
Chip and Joanna aren't afraid to tell each other like it is, but they also throw in some seriously gush-worthy compliments too. For example, if your partner's hair looks completely wacky, it's okay to call them out on it in a funny way, but make sure to always be finding nice things to say, too. Sometimes a little compliment will go a long way. And when your partner feels good about themselves, they'll be happier and more fun to hang out with. It's a win-win.
Maintain physical contact.
There is a simple joy that comes from touching your significant other, and Chip and JoJo seem to know that. They're always hugging on each other and finding cute ways to connect physically. One study showed that daily touch between partners can increase feelings for one another. And don't forget about kissing! Sneaking a peck from your partner actually has a lot of benefits, besides just being fun. It can lower your blood pressure, improve anxiety and increase your sex drive.
For more guidance, try Lasting, a science-based app backed by The Nest dedicated to improving the health of your marriage or relationship.
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