Editor's note: This article was originally published on Becky Moseley's blog, Tales of Beauty for Ashes. It has been republished here with permission.
KISS in marriage. I'm not talking about kissing your spouse. I'm not going to give you different kissing techniques to try. Rather, K.I.S.S. means to Keep It Simple Smartypants! Life is hard. This is truth we all know. If you aren't intentional about keeping things simple and fun in your marriage, it will go downhill. Fast. Here are some tips on ways to keep the fun in your marriage.
1. Remember what first attracted you to your spouse
It is so easy to lose sight of this. In the midst of the dishes and the daily grind, we forget why we fell in love in the first place. It's there still –you just have to look for it!
2. Don't focus so much on the little things
Your spouse is going to bother you. Just like traffic will bother you. Lack of sleep will bother you. You will bother you. Check yourself, is the thing that is bothering you a big deal or should you just let it go? Remember, keep it simple!
3. Look for reasons to appreciate your spouse
It may seem hard at first. Especially if you are so caught up in those things that bother you. However, if you look hard enough, you will find SOMETHING! Maybe your spouse leaves the light on in the bathroom at night so you can see as you make your way there. Maybe they leave the paper out for you, so you can read the funnies (the best part).
OK, this time I really mean it.
5. Enjoy each other
Your spouse has their quirks. So do you. You used to think those quirks were cute, try to remember why. You know your spouse better than anyone else does, enjoy that fact. No one else will know how your husband takes off his boxers and flings them into the laundry hamper as if he were an NBA star. You are the only one who knows when your wife is sad by that certain look that shows you she's trying to be strong. Enjoy who you married, they are a gift to you!
Becky traded in her teaching degree for diapers and dishes. Her blog, Tales of Beauty for Ashes, has tricks on anything from how to have a better marriage, to toddler activities. She is the author of the book, "The 30 Day Marriage Challenge."