Relationship Minute: Give a doorway ritual

With all the hustle and bustle of the season—parties, shopping, deadlines, activities, and more—it can be hard to take a second to slow down and connect. Can you spare six seconds?

We’re big fans of the six-second kiss but you can make any small moment of connection into a doorway ritual.

A kiss.
A compliment.
A heartfelt “I love you.”
An inside joke.
A nice warm hug.

Connect every time you cross the threshold.

Studies show that passing through a doorway makes people forget—people often mentally mark the tasks they’re holding onto mentally as “complete,” whether they mean to or not.

So with all the coming and going this time of year, it’s even more important to remember to prioritize your relationship.

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The Relationship Minute from The Gottman Institute, dated 5 December 2019. You can sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.