This chapter was interesting to me as my husband and I have recently begun working with the book The Five Love Languages (more about that later). Touch is something I have personally become more aware of since bringing that book home.
When Will and I began dating we would hold hands in the car every moment possible. We would cuddle watching movies rather than sprawl out on opposite sides of the sofa. Sometimes we don’t even share the same blanket!
This chapter was about rekindling the physical aspect of your relationship with your spouse. Becky Thompson is very specific about it being “all encompassing” in the physical world: holding hands, hugging, cuddling, etc.
Of course when one touches a loved one they experience an increase of oxytocin which is the happy hormone. This really, truly, simple task makes everybody happy and calm, which in turn makes the relationship happier, right? So simple. 🙂
Task 1 | Task 2
Do you find yourself speaking less kind toward your spouse than you would when you had first met each other? I do. In Becky Thompson’s book Love Unending she targets this as the second task to improve. Love and marriage is her knowledge territory therefore I’m all about taking her expertise and practicing it in my life.
Being aware of, and improving, your own flaws is the best way to enhance any situation. In my journey of 2017 I’ve been refining all of my relationships. Some people had to go because they were nothing but negative, others had to be censored a little to help avoid the toxicity, and other relationships simply need more positive attention.
Luckily my husband and I don’t have a tough relationship but I’d rather put preventative work into it than have to re-mediate a situation.
I’ve witnessed people throwing their significant other’s belongings out the front door while demeaning and absolutely tearing them down; if they had worked on their relationship before things had gone sour it would be easier sailing.
I’ve also seen couples who never argue, ever. These couples are aware of the best way to approach an issue and they use those techniques throughout their relationship. (The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman is a good book to help couples with this area.)
We aspire to be like the latter. Since reading this second chapter in Becky Thompson’s book we have noticed that outside stressors cause us to become snippy with each other. These stressors can be in the form of the toxic relationships mentioned previously or common stress-causing situations in day to day life.
We have seen this task improve drastically because I don’t find myself being treated poorly by others and then mirroring said behavior onto my husband. I have more patience. I’m behaving how I naturally would (and did when we first met), without censoring myself and becoming strained by not being comfortable. I hope you can also notice any shortcomings you can work on to better the environment you live in. ❤
Purchase Becky Thompson’s book here and begin improving your marriage now! Watch out for more posts as we continue our journey through her recommendations.
To read the previous task click here