A quick check-in
Whether it’s a call on the drive home from work or a pow-wow in the kitchen as soon as you both walk in, a quick check-in with your spouse will get you both on the same page. “Sometimes it is planning coordination for which kid is going where and other times it is catching up on what’s going on in both of our worlds,” say Melissa and Aaron Sauser, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Follow these 11 things happy couples do every day for a healthy relationship.
Laugh a little
Turn on the comedy channel, tell a joke, or buy a cartoon-a-day calendar, and then share the giggles. “There is nothing like the unity that comes when you are both laughing together about the same thing at the same time,” say Amy and Vaughan Nelson, of Lacey, Washington. The key to a great laugh fest? “It can’t be at the other person’s expense!” Amy adds. These are the 10 little-known ways that marriage can affect your health for the better — not for the worse.