How do you spend time with your partner? Do you put energy and attention on the things that you want to GROW in your relationship? Or does your energy and attention go to problems and other things you wish weren’t true? In this week’s episode, I’m going to give you a simple gratitude practice that can dramatically shift the dynamic in your relationship towards the positive end of the spectrum. Try it for a week, see how it ripples out into the rest of your life, and let me know how it goes!

It’s simple, really. Focusing on what you have, on your gratitude and your appreciation, will highlight just how rich your life and partnership are. Take time every day (it works best to set aside a regular time – I prefer just before sleeping) and share 3 things with your partner that you appreciate about them. They can be big things or tiny details. After each one, pause and allow your partner the opportunity to RECEIVE each one. You can alternate with each other (where you take turns sharing each appreciation), or you can do all three – and then your partner shares 3 things that they appreciate about you.

We’ll focus in another episode on some other strategies about how you shift the quality of your time with your partner. This week, though, I don’t want to overwhelm you. Try this practice out with your partner (or with yourself, if you’re single), and see what else changes. And please let me know. You can always write to me at neilius at – or you can join our Relationship Alive Community on Facebook. Looking forward to hearing what you notice!