3 Ways to Show Your Partner You Appreciate Them

It’s easy to take things for granted sometimes. We don’t mean to, but it can naturally happen—it’s the path of least resistance, after all.

But a little bit of appreciation goes a long way between sweethearts.

I just watched this beautiful documentary about Sally and Sam, which left me in tears but also made me very grateful that my husband and I both have our health, and each other.

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If you think you could probably do with giving your partner a little extra gratitude, here are three beautiful ways to show your partner you really do appreciate having them around.

1. Thank them

Just because your partner makes dinner every night or mows the lawn every month, doesn’t mean you can’t thank them for it. Even if it has been their job for the last twenty years, even if they got up to the baby during the night just once and you’ve done it a hundred other times, thank them!

Thank them sincerely, and thank them often.

2. Compliment them

Stop for a moment and pay your partner a compliment—let them know you notice them. Perhaps you love that color blue on them, you like their new haircut, you think they give great hugs. Whatever it is, lavish them with a compliment … or three!

3. Do something lovely for them

Take time out of your day to do something just for your partner. It may be as involved as cooking their favorite three-course meal and serving it by candlelight, as cosy as giving them a shoulder rub, or as simple as bringing home a tiny present you know they’ll love.

Do you appreciate your partner as abundantly as you could? What’s your favorite way to show your appreciation?

About Emma

Emma Merkas is the co-creator of couples' inspiration website $30 Date Night and author of the 'How Was It For You?' relationships and dating column in Australian newspaper, mX. You can also find her at her own blog or on Twitter @30dollardate.


  1. I really do try to show my husband I appreciate him every day. It’s amazing how far a simple thank you can go in showing your partner that you don’t take them for granted. Another way I show my husband appreciation is to tell him I love him – not one of those quick, typical “love you” things that are thrown in at the end of a phone call, more of a “Hey, husband, you know what? I *really* love you.” Just in case he had any doubts…

  2. Compliments work great as far as I know. It shows that you really notice and appreciate every small and big things done by your partner. It shows that you are into them!


  3. Thank you – my thoughts exactly – so simple, so doable, so LOVELY!

  4. Kelly Davies says:

    Tell us something we don’t know. What a let-down this article was, I though it was going to be something interesting with a heading like that. Blah.

  5. I liked only one point – “Do Something Lovely…”

  6. The thing that most people don’t seem to realize about thank you’s is, when you thank someone for doing something for you, they’re more likely to do it again. People love to be acknowledged.

  7. Doing nice things for your partner is so important. And not just big things either. Sometimes its the little things that make the relationship grow and develop positively.

    Never take for granted what others do for you, and like you said, always say thank you, with a smile!


  8. I love to show my boyfriend I care by looking into his eyes and saying hey i am soo in love and giving him a back rub. He loves getting a back rub after a long day…

  9. Nomzamo Ndyolashe says:

    Just whisper softly to his ears “I love you so much” that will do. ZAZA

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