Every couple should have their set of relationship rituals and follow them rigorously if they want to have a happy and peaceful relationship. These rituals improve understanding and affection and help couples prioritize their relationship.
This article discusses some important relationship rituals that all couples should go through and incorporate.
Set a quick alarm in the morning.
Set your alarm five to ten minutes before you have to get up. Wake up and cuddle with your partner. Always spend intimate time, even if you don’t want to have sex. When you start your day with physical intimacy with your partner, you bond emotionally and physically more easily.
Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
Make a sleep schedule for both of you so that you start and end all your days together, except when one of you is working late. You never go to bed alone. You can be busy throughout the day, but when you come home, you spend time with your partner.
Always bid each other goodbye.
Little efforts are very important in a relationship. Every time you leave your home before work, never forget to say goodbye to your partner properly. Give them a peck on the cheek or a quick hug. Make it a ritual to do this every day. This will improve your understanding.
Kiss your partner more frequently.
Kissing is an important part of physical and emotional intimacy. Every day, when your partner comes home from work, welcome them with a kiss. This expresses how much you have missed them. Utilize every opportunity to kiss your partner, just for random reasons; don’t save it for a special occasion.
Be honest with your feelings.
Another important relationship ritual you must always follow is that you will never be inauthentic about your feelings. Whatever you are thinking, you will express them directly to your partner without any fear of judgment. Never go for fake smiles or inauthentic compliments because you are unconsciously hurting your partner.
Help your partner as much as possible.
If you have an off day, make it a ritual to ask your partner how you can help them. Go grocery shopping or do household chores so that they can ease off. This makes you an understanding partner, and your partner will also reciprocate this behavior when you need them.
Both of you should get equal chances to make decisions.
It can be a very simple thing like choosing what film to watch for movie night. If you are watching your favorite movie tonight, ask your partner to choose his favorite one next week. This maintains equality in your relationship, and you can avoid unsaid grudges in your partner’s heart.
Ways to maintain equality in a relationship:
- Allow your partner to communicate with you equally about their life.
- Always respect your partner’s boundaries, and don’t overstep your limits.
- Accept the fact that you will have disagreements.
- Give equal importance to your partner’s needs and desires.
- Learn to trust your partner as much as they trust you.
- Have limitations regarding how much you commit to and compromise for this relationship.
- Don’t be overly dependent on each other, materialistically or emotionally.
- Identify your relationship attributes and adapt accordingly.
- Never stop being your true self before them.
- Always consider your partner’s opinion before making a decision.
Avoid serious talk at the dinner table.
After you are home after a tiring day at work, try to be present at the dining table. Focus on each other and don’t bring up serious stuff like household responsibilities or work problems. Just ease yourselves and enjoy each other’s company. Spending quality time is essential for your relationship.
Leave unexpected notes.
Make it a ritual to put adorable post-it notes here and there so that your partner is surprised when they find them. For example, if you are leaving early for work, write a note that says. ‘Good morning. Leaving early. Breakfast is at the table. See you later! Love you!’
Set mental alarms.
Set synchronized alarms to think of each other so that no matter if you are together or away or what you are busy with, you will always find time to think of each other and call or text when you are free. These little rituals improve understanding in your relationship.
Check-in at off hours.
For example, your partner is in a meeting and can’t contact you for the next few hours. Even when they are nowhere near their phone, send them a cute text or lovey-dovey emoji. They will know that you have been thinking of them even when you know they were busy.
Send each other sexy photos.
If you have been together for a long time, you should be comfortable with sending each other provocative pictures and videos. If your partner is at work, send them a sexy photo of you in a nice outfit or doing something sexually attractive. This will make them want you more.
The more you do things together, the better your communication and understanding become. Read together, send each other interesting articles and videos, and encourage your partner’s passions in every way possible. So, even when you are not together, you can invest your time and energy into the same productive thing.
Make it a ritual to turn off your phones at least half an hour before you go to sleep. Spend that time with each other, discuss your day, have some ice cream, cuddle- do everything that grows intimacy. Always pay attention to let them know that they are a priority.
Important phone etiquette to remember:
- Don’t let your phone control your mind.
- Never speak too loudly on the phone, publicly or privately.
- Don’t use your phone in the middle of a conversation or at work.
- Always be mindful of your language.
- Never discuss personal topics in public.
- Use silent mode when and where needed.
- Don’t use your phone in important places like churches, movie theatres, or libraries.
- Don’t text in the middle of a class or meeting.
- Don’t share private info in messages.
- Never use your phone while driving.
Express your gratitude.
Thank your partner for everything they do for you, big and small. It can be something trivial as doing the dishes or picking you up from work. Say thank you and do so wholeheartedly. Your gratitude lets them know how humble and respectful you are to them and this relationship.
Compliment each other.
Remind yourself to praise one thing about your partner every day. This makes you attentive toward them, and you have a better understanding of your relationship. Constant appreciation and validation are very important relationship rituals for happy couples. So, be it for their looks or achievements, praise them every day.
Find a reason to love each other.
Every time you are going through a crisis in your relationship, remind yourself why you love your partner in the first place. Instead of focusing on the annoying bits, look at their adorable aspects. This makes you aware of the reality that nobody is perfect, and we all have flaws.
Apologize when you are wrong.
Always remember that we all make mistakes. So, if you feel like you’re the one causing the problem, don’t hesitate to apologize to your partner. A simple, heartfelt sorry can be very helpful in avoiding relationship problems that eventually take a more serious turn. Don’t hold on to your ego.
Instead of waiting for the horse to have dinner together, in case your partner is late, be practical, have dinner, and then wait for your partner. These small habits let your partner know that you are mature and responsible and you can balance emotions and reality in this relationship well.
Have silent conversations.
After lying in bed at night, you might not always want to talk to each other or have sex. In that case, try enjoying the silence. Just lie down together without speaking a word and embrace the fact that you can be comfortable with each other without any verbal communication.
Value touch when they are not noticing it.
Suppose your partner is asleep, and you are working. Just lean towards them and give a soft kiss on their cheek or touch their arm. So, even when they are unaware of it, you are embracing physical and emotional intimacy, and you realize how lucky you are to have them.
Have cute nicknames.
These are little things that matter a lot in a relationship. Maturity and playfulness are equally important- you have to find the correct balance. Be childish and have cute nicknames for each other. You can use simple love words like ‘babe,’ ‘honey,’ ‘darling,’ or ‘sweetheart’ to strengthen your bond more.
Have your cuddle signal.
Couples should have a unique language in their relationship. Gestures, signs, and approaches that only both partners are aware of you. Have your cuddle signal- something you do or say that means you are in the mood for some cuddling. This keeps the rush of excitement in your relationship alive.
Dance your heart out.
You don’t have to be a professional dancer to have a romantic dance with your partner in your home. This works better if you are a bad dancer but still try to keep up. Randomly put on some music and ask your partner to dance with you wherever you are.
Always end your day on a happy note.
One of the most important rituals every couple must follow is to never go to bed without solving a fight. No matter how serious your dispute is, always find a solution, fix things first, and then go to bed happily together. This helps you avoid negative energy in your relationship.
Take turns paying bills.
When you go out on dates, always pay your bills in turn. As discussed already, maintaining equality in your relationship is very important. This keeps your financial balance, and you don’t end up having arguments about how you or your partner is always spending money when you are out together.
Set goals to achieve together.
This ritual is very helpful in making couples feel like a unit in their relationship. When you set goals together and dedicate yourself to achieving them, you learn to be more supportive and disciplined. You will also become a more humble and loving partner because you rise above petty selfishness.
No Digital Day.
Once in a while, take out some time for a tech detox. Make it a plan to spend a day without any electronic communication. Toss your phones and laptops away and enjoy the day together. Do something creative, take some rest, and enjoy each other’s presence to spend quality time.
Get fit together.
This ritual is very easy for gym freaks. If you like working out at the gym and are a fitness-conscious person, involve your partner in it. Work out together, and set fitness goals to achieve. This increases your physical and emotional bonding and also keeps you healthy in every way.
Reasons to go to the gym regularly:
- It improves your physical health.
- It improves your mental health.
- It helps you overcome stress and anxiety.
- You don’t have to purchase costly equipment.
- You get trained by professionals.
- It helps you stay motivated and dedicated.
- You can work out anytime.
- You meet similar-minded people.
- It helps you sleep and eat better.
- You can relax your mind and body.
They will be the first person to know.
No matter what is happening in your life, your partner must be the first person to know about it. Always remember that your partner is there to share your joys and sorrows. Therefore, if you have achieved something at work or are going through a family problem, tell them first.
The best thing about these relationship rituals is that they don’t consume much of your time or energy. These little things can help you improve your relationship and be a better partner. All these rituals are meant for you to make your partner feel special and maintain peace and understanding.
Reasons why commitment is very important in any relationship:
- Commitment helps you get emotional stability.
- Commitment creates a strong foundation for mutual love and trust.
- Commitment makes it easier to depend on each other.
- Commitment builds mutual respect and honor.
- Commitment facilitates emotional growth for both partners.
- Commitment helps you express your concern.
- Commitment helps you build intellectual attachment.
- Commitment makes emotional and physical intimacy easier.
- Commitment allows you to be vulnerable easily.
- Commitment helps you set personal and relationship boundaries.
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