“Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated.—Anonymous

celebrate your anniversary

Your anniversary only comes once a year, so it’s important you celebrate the day and all that it means. It marks the day you and your spouse became one.

Celebrating your anniversary is so much more than something you “should” do. There are massive benefits to celebrating, especially when it comes to your marriage. And there are plenty of ideas to help you make the day special. 

How you celebrate your anniversary affects your 6 Pillars of Intimacy®, so it’s time to break from the routines and recognize your accomplishments as a couple. 

Merriam-Webster defines the word celebrate as “to mark (something, such as an anniversary) by festivities or other deviation from routine.” The definition is a helpful reminder of how to make this day memorable. 

First, celebration is about festivities. 

Within the ONE Family, you have found countless ways to celebrate anniversaries in fun and festive ways.

You exchange unique gifts and experiences. You enjoy concerts, romantic baths, and getaways without the kids. 

Second, celebration is a deviation from routine. 

Whether it’s traveling, axe throwing, cooking classes, or something else, the way you celebrate your anniversary is an opportunity to try new things and deepen your recreational intimacy. 

Every marriage experiences ups and downs. Your anniversary is a time to celebrate everything you have been through in the last year. As a bonus, you’ll be creating new memories to look back on in the future. 

You’ll need to be intentional about celebrating your anniversary.

Although you don’t always have to plan elaborate trips or experiences, you will need to make it a point to celebrate. 

Again, your anniversary is a time to break from routine. So get intentional and make something memorable happen. 

There are five powerful benefits of celebrating. 

1. Celebrating can release stress. 

Taking time to celebrate your anniversary can increase feel-good hormones like oxytocin and dopamine. At the same time, it can lower the stress hormone cortisol. 

As a result, you can experience an improved mood and less stress, which means you and your spouse can be the best versions of yourselves for each other. 

2. Celebrating can provide motivation. 

Working hard at something for a long time is most rewarding when you take time to celebrate your achievements. 

Your marriage is a journey. At times, it can feel effortless and fun. Other times, you will face challenges and obstacles. When you take a day to celebrate your anniversary, you can help keep your momentum and continue experiencing an extraordinary marriage. 

3. Celebrating can show appreciation.

You might tell your spouse you appreciate them, but your anniversary is an opportunity to show it. It’s a time to celebrate your spouse and all that they do. 

4. Celebrating can provide a time of reflection.

No matter how long you have been married, your anniversary is a great time to reflect on your time as a couple. You can reminisce on your first date memories, look at photos from your wedding day, or talk about your favorite anniversaries in previous years. 

A walk down memory lane is also a great way to boost emotional intimacy. 

5. Celebrating is a moment in time to be remembered.

When you celebrate your anniversary, you are creating new memories with your spouse and building recreational intimacy. It could be something fun, exciting, unique, or romantic. 

However you celebrate your anniversary, you can create new memories that you’ll remember someday in the future. 

Ultimately, your anniversary comes every year.

So you can start planning now to celebrate your anniversary in a memorable way. 

Not only is it an opportunity to remember where you’ve been and all you’ve overcome, but it is also a time to create new memories for the future and deepen your intimacy as a couple. 


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