Did you know that a humble cup of tea is the secret to a long-lasting relationship? According to Britain's Enduring Love study at Open University, simple loving gestures, such as making your partner a cup of tea, ranked among the most powerful bonds holding couples together, contributing to their overall happiness.
There is something about a cup of tea that seems to speak a thousand words. Women even ranked tea ahead of having their opinions valued and sexual intimacy. If it's not a cup of tea, then it's something equally simple, like praise or saying thanks.
I love when Hal brings me a cup of tea, makes me a plate of pasta, or tells me I'm beautiful after a cry. I hope he feels the same when I pour him a glass of milk for his cookies, feed him nightly vitamins, or tell him how cute he looks in sweatpants. Maybe we're doing something right!?
Dr. Jacqui Gabb, who led the study, is pleased with their results. "It's reassuring to know... that it's the small gestures of appreciation and affection, rather than the big romantic displays, that really make the difference."
What little things do you love in a relationship?
P.S. Another high ranking secret to a long lasting relationship... dancing together privately in the living room!