Maintaining a healthy and strong relationship takes effort and dedication from both partners. However, even in the best relationships, love can fade over time.
If you're experiencing a decline in feelings towards your partner, you can choose to take action and work towards reigniting the spark.
Here are some tips based on Gottman principles that can help:
Build emotional intimacy. Share your thoughts, feelings, and aspirations with your partner. Be vulnerable and open up to them. Show interest and compassion towards your partner's feelings and experiences.
Practice fondness and admiration. Focus on your partner's positive qualities and appreciate the little things they do for you. Express gratitude and affection towards them regularly.
Improve communication. Practice active listening and effective communication. Avoid criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. Instead, use "I" statements to express your feelings and needs.
Create shared meaning. Identify common goals and values that you and your partner share. Build traditions and rituals that strengthen your bond and deepen your connection.
Remember, love takes effort and dedication. It's up to you to make the choice to work towards reigniting the spark and strengthening your relationship.