Wife Appreciation Day, celebrated on the third Sunday of September (September 17), gives those of us (men, women, trans, fluid, etc.) who are lucky enough to have wives an extra chance to show them how much they mean to us. Our wives keep us grounded and centered. They inspire us to work hard, play hard, and to always have something to bring to the table to show that we’re improving ourselves. Wives ask us to take out the trash and empty the dishwasher and change the oil (stereotypical but true), which is good with us because those things need to get done anyway, and we like the idea of our ladies having that extra fifteen minutes or half-hour to just be in their space.

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The historical research on Wife Appreciation Day is scant indeed, but 2006 is accepted as the first year the holiday officially “went on the books.” That is, it isn’t yet recognized as a U.S. government holiday, but rather, in 2006 it became widely acknowledged and celebrated by couples country and worldwide.

We don’t know what specifically about 2006 caused the “spark that lit the fire.” However, that happened to be the year former Beatle Paul McCartney separated from his wife Heather Mills, a fact that may be notable because the legal rift was opened between them only three days after Mother’s Day that spring. 

Your wife is your rock, your biggest supporter, and your confidante and today’s the day to show her that on Wife Appreciation Day. We know that every day should be a reason to appreciate and celebrate each other, but we often don’t get to do that. Specially designated holidays like today remind us to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us. 

Wives get the royal treatment today — the chores are taken care of, they can buy whatever they like, and a fancy dinner usually awaits them by the end of the day. Other than tangible acts, it is important to emotionally support your lady and be there for her. Wife Appreciation Day paves the way for heart-to-heart conversations, which can be beneficial for the relationship in the long run.

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