Make your wishes come true with our new and improved app…

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Due to popular demand, we have launched an exciting new version of our give-and-take app (all free, of course)!

As well as the usual free-text wishes you can add for each other on Couple Karma, we now offer a choice of suggested wishes for different categories: romance, intimacy, household, fun and lifestyle. Have a look on the app and decide which wishes you like most. Haven’t downloaded the app yet? Hop over to Google Play and download it for free.

Lots of our users have already tried the new functionality, and we can reveal the top wishes chosen from our wish categories so far:

Category Top Wish
Romance Candlelit dinner
Intimacy Bath together
Household Grocery shopping
Fun Cinema
Lifestyle Exercise

 

Feeling inspired? Do let us know how you get on and if there are any additional wishes you’d like us to add.

Join our community at:

http://www.facebook.com/couplekarma

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Happy wishing!

Charlie and Claudia

Join us for #LoveChallenge Week and new feature on our app!

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This coming week (3rd – 9th April) we’ll host our own #lovechallenge week on our Couple Karma Facebook and Twitter pages. We’d love you to join us and take the daily love challenge. It won’t take much time or money, but we guarantee that it’ll brighten up your partner’s (and your) week. 🙂

In other news, we’ve added a ‘Need Inspiration?’ button onto our Couple Karma app, which will guide you to our ’50 Top Wishes’ post. Hope this will help narrow down which wishes you’d like your partner to fulfil.

See you next week!

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Our First Interview!

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Exciting times. We have just been interviewed about our app and the story behind it by the lovely Talented Ladies Club – please read the full interview here:

Please like and share. Thanks!
Claudia and Charlie

Minimalism in Your Relationship

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I am a big fan of the minimalism movement. Over the last few years, I have been following Joshua Becker’s Becoming Minimalist blog, Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits musings, and I still enjoy reading the The Minimalists’ essays on trying to simplify their (and our) daily lives. If I was single, I’d definitely consider living in a Tiny House with as few belongings as possible. (I’m not so sure that living in what is essentially one big room would work well for us as a family, however.)

Having recently re-watched Minimalism – The Documentary on Netflix, I went through a few of our rooms with black bin bags and now have two big piles of unwanted clothes, books and toys for the charity shop. It is astounding how much clutter we have amassed in the last 1 ½ years in our new home. And it is wonderful how much more peaceful our decluttered rooms feel now. They are also easier to tidy and clean (which is a plus, given that I am not naturally a particularly tidy person).

Minimalism teaches us to focus on the essential things in life

By getting rid of the surplus clutter and belongings, we get to the essence of what makes us happiest. For example, you may realise that 8 out of the 10 tops in your drawer are not really ‘you’, that you don’t enjoy wearing them that much, and that these can be given away (or sold) without you missing them at all. The remaining two tops, however, make you feel happy, and you definitely want to keep them. Great!

So, how can we apply minimalism to our relationships?

Focus on what makes you happy

When it boils down to it, what are the two or three things that you really need from and in your relationship, i.e. ‘things’ that keep you happy on a day-to-day basis?

I’d be surprised if these ‘things’ really were objects. Most likely, they are gestures of kindness, such as a hug and kiss good morning, practical help with household chores, being thanked/feeling appreciated. (See also our Top 50 list of things you may want to wish for in your relationship.)

Exchange your wishes

So, once you have a shortlist of wishes, exchange them with your partner. Don’t overwhelm them with more than five wishes at a time. Really focus on what makes you happiest. And then ask your partner to fulfil these wishes, in a positive, loving way. It’s an ongoing give and take process, and I guarantee that it will make both of you happier, as long as you both keep working on fulfilling each other’s wishes!

Obviously, we’d love you to do this via our app, which we have custom-built for exactly this purpose. (If you don’t have an Android phone, we’re planning an iPhone version at some point soon! In the meantime, try a paper-and-pen approach.)

We’d love to hear how this is working for you. Just email feedback@couplekarma.com – looking forward to hearing from you! 🙂

Now, back to the decluttering…

Claudia (female half of Couple Karma)

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‘Love is a Doing Word’: Our Top 50 Wishes

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Following on from the great responses to our ‘Give and Take Week’ last week, if you or your partner don’t quite know what to wish for in your relationship, our suggestions below might help. We’ll update our list frequently. If you have any good ideas, we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch on Facebook or Twitter. 🙂

There are just two Couple Karma rules:

  • Always phrase your wish in a positive way
  • Don’t wish for things you know your partner dislikes

You and your partner might want to wish for….

  1. a board game or video game evening
  2. a call or text during the day, just so you know your partner is thinking about you
  3. a candlelit dinner
  4. a day without smartphones or social media
  5. a favourite home-cooked meal
  6. a movie night at home
  7. a footrub
  8. a free massage from your partner, including massage oil and candles
  9. a good morning kiss and hug (and/or a goodnight kiss and hug) every day
  10. a hand with the laundry, sorting out the kitchen, tidying up, doing the school run
  11. a home-made lunchbox
  12. a hot water bottle at night
  13. a household chore being done (e.g. tidying the dishwasher, taking out the rubbish, hoovering…)
  14. a lie-in
  15. a lottery ticket per week
  16. a love note in your book or your lunch box (or anywhere else unexpected)
  17. a nice bath (candles optional)
  18. a night out dancing
  19. a night out eating/drinking with your partner and/or friends
  20. a regular date night (or date lunch), at least once a month
  21. a romantic night in voucher (get creative – or google “love coupons” for inspiration and download them)
  22. a sexy card or dice game
  23. a sincere compliment each day
  24. a small DIY job being done in the house or garden
  25. a Spotify play list or ‘mix-tape’ with your favourite romantic songs
  26. a surprise gift each month (e.g. a book, some chocolates, flowers, love letter, massage…)
  27. a surprise mini break (doesn’t have to be expensive: try youth hostelling or a one-night stay in a B&B). If money is very tight, why not have a picnic at home instead?
  28. a surprise pick-up when you return by bus / train or plane
  29. an afternoon off if you have kids
  30. an item of clothing or knick-knack you’ve been meaning to get for a long time (don’t go for unrealistically expensive items though)
  31. an old-fashioned love letter
  32. breakfast in bed
  33. consideration (e.g. fewer eating noises if that’s something that annoys you…)
  34. holding hands more regularly
  35. little gestures, such as swapping places so your partner is walking kerbside
  36. looking into a new shared hobby (e.g. dancing, running, photography, writing, art, reading, listening to audio books, theatre, cinema, bowling, fishing, etc.)
  37. more ‘please’s and ‘thank you’s
  38. more hugs
  39. more kisses (including ones that last longer than 5 seconds)
  40. more laughter and smiles each day (e.g. by watching funny films, comedy shows, stand-up comedy)
  41. more physical contact
  42. sexy dressing up
  43. small gifts, e.g. a bunch of wildflowers, a love note, your favourite snack or chocolate bar
  44. the grocery shopping being done
  45. the interesting book/DVD you’ve been meaning to read or watch
  46. the porch light being left on when you come home late at night
  47. to be woken up with a cup of tea/coffee and a smile and kiss
  48. your car being filled up with petrol without asking
  49. your favourite home-made dessert or cake
  50. your favourite takeaway meal

Enjoy!

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