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To our writer: If this is the case in your marriage, have a frank, loving conversation with your spouse while listening carefully with a willingness to confront yourself and evaluate if you can be more appreciative as well. When a spouse gives a gift, it is the recipient’s job to be properly appreciative so that the gift does indeed create a warmer, more loving moment between spouses. Don’t wait for the big gifts. Appreciate the little things as well.

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