Anniversaries mark milestones in the life of married couples in terms of memorable time spent together. That is why there is anniversary celebrations all over the world in honor of marriage. Leading marriage experts in the U.S. said that celebrating anniversaries strengthens the bond of marriage between couples. Let’s delve further into this theme and find out the real connection between anniversary celebrations and a happy, long-lasting marriage.
Anniversaries Make a Spouse Feel Special
American clinical psychologist and founder of online relationship sites, Dr. Neil Warren provides answer to the age-old question of what a woman wants. He says, “More than anything else, a woman wants to know that she is a priority for her husband, and feel wonderful about herself.” A marriage anniversary provides a good opportunity for a husband to express his inner feelings for his wife. A husband’s words and actions in the days preceding the anniversary should reflect his true feeling about his wife, for instance, how she is the single most important person in his life. “It’s not so much about the type of gift exchanged as it is the thought translated into an expression of love and care,” adds Dr. Neil Warren.
Anniversaries Help Couples Recall Past in a Positive Way
Dr. John Gottman, professor emeritus of psychology, University of Washington, and expert on relationship analysis and marital stability, says that couples’ memories of the past become tinted in either a positive or a negative light. These memories tend to change over time, and we brainwash ourselves to forget some of them while retaining some other. Whether our marriage is happy and enduring, or problematic depends on the type of memories couples choose to focus on. How does a marriage anniversary fit in here? It presents an opportunity to couples to override all those negative emotions and feelings over the years and reminisce together a moment that changed their lives. Anniversaries are a time for mutual admiration and focus on good qualities about each other.
Anniversaries Create Traditions and New Memories
Celebration of an anniversary in the life of a married couple helps establish a tradition of love and respect for each other. It is a time when couples renew their marriage vows and exchange wedding anniversary gifts, a custom they are likely to follow every year. Such celebrations also create new memories in relationships, and relationships are woven only in memories. Once in a while, couples love to fondly reflect on memories such as their first anniversary, the first gifts, the places they have been to, personal moments shared, etc., and they bring smile on their faces.
Marriage marks a special occasion and a memorable moment in the life of married couples. Anniversary celebrations provide a grand way to commemorate this occasion with gifts, expression of love and other wonderful ideas. Along with remembering past moments spent together, anniversaries enable couples to strengthen existing marital bond and create further memories for the years ahead. Feel special yourself and make your better half feel special too on your wedding anniversary.