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National Spouses Day

Show your spouse some extra love this National Spouses Day - surprise them with a romantic dinner, thoughtful gift, or just a heartfelt hug.
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Celebrate the bond of marriage and show your appreciation for your spouse on National Spouses Day, January 26! This special day was created in 1996 by Thomas & Ruth Roy from Wellcat Holidays to celebrate all types of spouses. Whether you are married, divorced, or widowed; this is a great opportunity to honor the person who has been with you through thick and thin. Let's take some time out of our busy lives to appreciate those closest to us!

History of National Spouses Day

National Spouses Day Dates

National Spouses Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1981</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Spouses Day Birth</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Spouses Day was first observed in the United States as a day for spouses to show appreciation for one another.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Emergence of Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The holiday gained traction during this decade with various media outlets acknowledging the day and promoting appreciation between spouses.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Internet Renews Interest</div><div class='timeline-text'>The advent of social media and online forums renewed interest in the holiday and led to wider observance across the country.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Commercial Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The holiday sees commercial recognition for the first time, with various businesses offering special deals and promotions for couples.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the global pandemic causing lockdowns, couples are forced to celebrate the day virtually but the importance of the day is felt stronger than ever before.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Spouses Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plan a special date night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take your spouse out for a romantic dinner or to see a show. If you can't go out, plan an intimate evening at home with candles, music, and their favorite food.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write a love letter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Let your spouse know how much they mean to you by taking the time to write down your feelings. Tell them why you married them and what makes them special.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Recreate your first date</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Relive the days of your first date by returning to the location and doing all the same activities that you did on that special night.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Get crafty</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make something special for your spouse. Whether it's a photo album or scrapbook of memories or a handmade card expressing your love, it'll be sure to make their day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share an experience</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Go on an adventure together – something neither of you has done before – like skydiving or snorkeling. The shared experience will bring you closer together.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Spouses Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a day to celebrate life together</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Spouses Day is the perfect occasion to express your appreciation for the person who has been by your side throughout it all. It's an opportunity to spend time together, and relive all the memories that you've created together over the years.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a chance to show your love</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Everyday words and gestures are often not enough to truly convey the depth of our feelings, but National Spouses Day gives us another way to let our significant others know just how much we appreciate them. Whether it's a small gift, card or simply taking the time to listen, there are many ways to show the other person what they mean to you.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a reminder of commitment and partnership</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When two people decide to take on life together, that's a big step and requires commitment and hard work from both parties. Every year on National Spouses Day, couples can get a chance to pause and reflect on their journey thus far as well as look ahead and set new goals for the future.</p></div></div>

5 Interesting Facts About Marriage

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The longest recorded marriage lasted 91 years and 12 days</h3><p class='facts-content'>The world record for the longest marriage goes to Zelmyra and Herbert Fisher who were married for 91 years and 12 days.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Married people are generally healthier</h3><p class='facts-content'>Studies have shown that married individuals have lower rates of severe diseases like heart disease and tend to live longer.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand due to a belief from Ancient Romans</h3><p class='facts-content'>Ancient Romans believed this finger had a vein that ran directly to the heart, it's called 'Vena Amoris' or the ‘Vein of Love’.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Marriage makes people happier, according to research</h3><p class='facts-content'>Research has found that both men and women are happier when married, reporting greater levels of happiness and satisfaction with their lives.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The tradition of exchanging wedding vows dates back to Ancient Rome</h3><p class='facts-content'>Couples in Ancient Rome would commit to marriage by declaring their love for each other in front of a group of witnesses, much like modern wedding vows.</p></div></div>

National Spouses Day FAQs

When is National Spouses Day?

National Spouses Day is celebrated on January 26th every year. In 2024 National Spouses Day will occur on a Friday.

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