23 Women Share The Small Gesture That Means So Much In Their Relationship
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Something subtle happens once you’ve been with someone for six months. Instead of the fanfare, the fireworks, the romantic nights out for two — you start to settle into your couple routine. Though likely not as glamorous or Instagram-worthy, when you’re in a long-term relationship that will make the distance, it’s not the big, giant gestures that make your relationship work. Instead, it’s the everyday acts of kindness your partner does that might seem insignificant at the time, actually bond you closer and seal your loyalty to one another. Not to mention — keep you coming back for more lovin’, too.

If you’re in a healthy long-term relationship or you’re dating your way around your town to find someone special, these silly, little gestures remind us that sometimes it’s not quite the big stuff that matters when you’re choosing a partner, but rather, the tiny, thoughtful, sometimes-silly, actions that add up and make for the kind of soulmate you always wished for. Who knows, maybe one day — very soon — you’ll be thankful for these little things, too.

Here are the little things, from getting gum at midnight to saying "thank you", that can mean so much in relationships, according to 23 women:

1They Make Me Laugh

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2They Bring Me Flowers Every Friday Afternoon

3They Back My Car Into Parking Spots

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4They Bring Me A Glass Of Water

5They Write Me A Note Before A Work Trip

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6They Remind Me I’m Awesome

7They Do My Laundry

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8They'll Go Out For Gum At Midnight

9They Always Ask How They Can Help Me

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10They Buy Me Chocolate

11They're Always Thinking Of Me

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12They Say ‘Thank You’

13They Play The Coffee Fairy

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14They Make Room For Me At Their Place

15They Remember The Most Random Things About Me

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16They Are Legit My Biggest Fan

17They Let The Dog Talk For Them

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18They Get The Kids Ready For Bed

19They Are Always Listening (Even When I Think They're Not)

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20They Will Always Rub My Feet

21They Wash The Dishes

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“Wash the sparse dishes late at night without me asking! It’s so amazing.” -Selma

22They Always Kiss Me Hello And Goodbye

23They Make Sure I’m Ready For My Day

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While we often hear the same things that make couples work (compassion, gratitude, communication, etc), it just goes to show how important random little things are when it comes to love, too.