Roses and chocolates may be tried and true Valentine’s Day offerings, but giving your partner a commitment to strengthen your relationship could be a much more lasting gift, says Suzanne Posner, LICSW, a May Institute counselor who specializes in couples’ issues.
“Evaluating a relationship can strengthen the bond between two people,” notes Posner, “and ‘the season of love’ is an excellent time to do this. Both newlyweds and those in their golden years can make Valentine’s Day a day of recommitment and rejuvenation.”
Some couples find that a mediator, such as a couples’ counselor, can be helpful in helping them improve their relationship. “An objective person can offer advice and assist in resolving conflict—helping the couple to re-ignite the flame in their relationship,” Posner explains. She urges couples to consider the following goals:
“Valentine’s Day isn’t just about sharing candy and flowers,” Posner explains. “It’s also about dedicating deep love to a lasting relationship.”
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