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Ways to increase intimacy 5 minutes or less

Don't let lack of time be an excuse for growing apart from your spouse. Increasing intimacy can take as little as 15 seconds. It's worth the time.
Amy Peterson, FamilyShare Modified: June 2, 2014 at 9:46 pm •  Published: June 5, 2014

If you're life moves at a frantic pace, you might not think you have enough time each day to connect with your spouse. You're wrong. Increasing intimacy can be done in just a few seconds. All it takes is effort. Skeptical? Here are 8 ways to feel closer to the one you love most in 5 minutes less.

A lingering kiss. touts the 15-second kiss as an excellent way to connect with your spouse, increase feelings of love and intimacy and improve mood. Several other relationship blogs assert these feelings can be awakened in a mere 6 seconds. If you're not sure how long your usual kisses last, count in your head. You might be surprised how long 15 seconds is. Trust me, though, lingering kisses will leave you wanting more.

A thoughtful text. If your daily texts to your spouse read "Pick up milk at the store and get Sarah from soccer at 5:15," it's time to change up the routine. Use texting as a way to show love and get personal. If you are thinking about your spouse during the day, text her and let her know. Your text might read something like this, "Just thinking about how much I love you. You make me so happy." Add specific details for maximum results.

A backrub. Whenever my husband rubs my back or feet, I feel so pampered. Touch is an important sense, and touch between humans is an important way to show intimacy. If your spouse is feeling tense or unable to relax, offer a massage noting the ways he prefers to be touched.

A heartfelt compliment. If your spouse makes an extra effort to please you, make your life easier or just looks especially attractive, be vocal in your praise. Most people respond well to compliments. Taking time to affirm your spouse will make her feel more loved. Make the moment more intimate by talking when the two of you are alone, away from distractions and other people. Giving your compliment with a hug or other token of affection is even better.

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