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Even if you're in the healthiest and most loving relationship, there are going to be little snags. That's where some good, old-fashioned, easy relationship hacks come in. These really don't have to be rocket science — they can be super easy things that take little effort on your part, but maximize the enjoyment you (and your partner) wind up having in your relationship.

Think of how much it means to you when your partner does something small and special for you. This is the kind of thing I'm talking about. No grand gestures (though those are nice sometimes); this kind of relationship hack is all about simplicity, gentleness and kindness. Of course, it would be nice if we were all super on top of our game all of the time, but that just isn't life — sometimes we need some good reminders or ideas of things to do for our partners that will make them feel special. That's the great thing about a relationship hack: They're the kind of things that chop through our egos and just get to the meat of being a good partner. Though lots of relationship hack suggestions are more involved and require perhaps a bit more work, these nine ideas are all things you can do right now, today, this evening, to create a happier, healthier, more harmonious dynamic between you and your partner.

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