Most couples remember the important moments in their relationship – the time they met, their wedding day, the births of their children – but not all remember to celebrate these special occasions, especially after many years together.
Research shows that marking important anniversaries can help strengthen relationships. Even if you are having problems, taking the time to celebrate together can spark memories of the happy times you shared in the early days.
Talking about the good old days can help remind you why you fell in love in the first place. It can help you focus on each other’s good qualities, rather than any negatives that might be affecting the relationship now. It can help you reframe the relationship and look at things more positively.
Celebrations are also important for creating new memories. Relationships are built on memories and making new ones means you are less likely to run out of things to talk about.
We usually remember significant events clearly – perhaps you remember where you were for the Royal Wedding, or the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
On special occasions like these, people are generally more relaxed and open to fun. Celebrating with your partner can help you create lasting memories together to fuel reminiscent conversations years down the line.
And there’s nothing like hearing your partner say, ‘Remember that time when…’ to put a smile on your face and remind you of all the reasons you got together. So be sure to celebrate milestones and significant dates this year, and create the memories that will help see you and your partner on your way to your next big anniversary.
Remember to document your celebrations with photographs. Looking back at a picture where you’re both happy and in love can help you relive that warm, fuzzy feeling. All together now: ‘Cheeese!’