Saying ‘thank you’ may be a simple way to boost marital happiness, new research suggests. Feeling appreciated by your partner influences on how you act in your relationship, and how much you want to stay in that relationship,’ study researcher Amie Gordon, of the University of California, Berkeley, told LiveScience. ‘Instead of just waiting for the other person to make you feel good, you can jumpstart that cycle and take it into your own hands by focusing on what’s good in your relationship. What goes wrong in a lot of relationships is if you start to take your partner for granted. You simply get used. So, such simple things as, making eye contact, giving comforting touches — are important ways to show gratitude and love. There is nothing new in these suggestions. The question is how to overcome pride, enter into the feelings of the other, and to think not about your own fulfillment, but about good fulfillment of the other?