5 Things Couples Should Do Every Day

1. Long hugs.

Hugging for 20 seconds or longer stimulates the release of serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. Dopamine is a pleasure hormone that gives us a good feeling. Oxytocin helps us feel safe and secure. Serotonin makes us feel good and reduces pain.

2. Listen.

Really listen with your whole self to what your partner is telling you. When they speak, don't just wait your turn to talk. They'll be able to tell you aren't truly listening. Good communication is important, and that begins with listening.

3. Kissing.

This one seems like a real "no duh" suggestion, but you'd be surprised how many couples don't kiss very often. Kissing reduces blood pressure and heart rate. It can also prevent cavities because it gets your saliva flowing, breaking down excess food items in the mouth. Kissing also improves your self-esteem and makes you feel loved.

4. Cuddling.

Men and women both get an oxytocin boost from cuddling. As we mentioned before, oxytocin is the love hormone. It's linked to pair bonding and has other fascinating connections. It can help you trust strangers and accurately reading facial expressions.

5. Forgiving.

We all mess up. We forget to the dishes, we make each other mad, but forgiving is important. Sometimes forgiving is more than just letting it go. It takes time. Forgive every day.

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