Saying "thank you" can go a long way when it comes to maintaining a healthy relationship.
In her book, , released last summer, journalist Janice Kaplan sets out to express more gratitude in all aspects of her life during a yearlong experiment, ultimately transforming her work life, family life, health and marriage.
According to Business Insider, before writing the book, Kaplan helped conduct a survey about Americans' gratitude habits. The results? While 97 percent of respondents said they regularly thanked servers (yay, manners still exist!), only 48 percent of women responded that they regularly thanked their husbands.
Of course, the conclusion isn't that women who don't regularly say "thank you" to their partners are bad people, but rather that the longer we're in a relationship, the more likely we are to take our partner for granted. ""When you're in a relationship, particularly for a long time, you kind of stop noticing somebody. Psychologists call it habituation," Kaplan told Business Insider. "You get used to somebody. You stop realizing why you wanted to be there in the first place."
Of course, it's not totally shocking that showing just a little bit of can have a big effect. has shown that people who feel grateful for interactions with their significant others have a in the relationships, while that the more , the more likely they are to stay together over time.
So, the next time your significant other does something you appreciate, even if it's a mundane, everyday task like carrying the dishes to the sink, say thank you. It definitely can't hurt to making showing some appreciation a habit.