It’s not easy to change yourself, but having a cute chart with heart stamps helps.

All too often we only seem to hear about marriages when they go sour, which is why seeing a happily-married couple having fun together and encouraging each other is always so refreshing.

One recent example that blew up on the Japanese Internet was when Japanese Twitter user @c__i__y__o posted a “stamp chart” that she’d made. She wanted to overcome her short-temperedness, so she asked her husband to give her a stamp on the days when she didn’t get mad, in the hopes of bettering herself. He did, and he also went one step further.

Here’s the original tweet:

“It’s embarrassing, but I’m very short-tempered. I wanted to fix it, so I made this stamp chart and had my husband give me a stamp if I didn’t get upset during that day. The messages he wrote me at the end of the week are so nice and full of love.” 

Good on her for recognizing that she needed to change, and on her husband too for helping her through it too. One of the most important parts of a happy marriage is helping each other become better people, and this is a great example.

Let’s take a look at some of those messages of encouragement her husband wrote:

▼ Here’s the stamps from the first week in January. The stamps are the
kanji for “love” surrounded by a heart. D’aww! (Translation below)

“It was a lot of fun just relaxing and spending winter break together.

Let’s make this year great too. Let’s go lots of fun places, eat lots of good food, and laugh a lot.”

▼ Looks like something happened on Friday the 12th,
but other than that, another successful week!

“I had to go back to work after break, but thanks to your help, it was easy. Every time I eat one of the delicious bento lunches you make me, I feel like I’m not alone, and I’m so thankful to have you. Going to the gym on Sundays, and going to Ginza too, we had a full week. Looking forward to next week.

▼ But then everything was back on track the following week.

(Saturday the 20th’s note)
“You look so cute with your haircut. It looks great on you. My beautiful wife makes me feel so lucky.”

(End-of-the-week note)
“We went to the gym a lot this week, we did well. I’m going to do my best, so let’s work hard together.
Thanks for showing [unnamed] around Tokyo over the weekend. It reminded me of when we went to Shirokane together, and was a fun time. So looking forward to our nice house being built!”

▼ Here’s the final week that was shared online.

“I’m sorry for being so useless on Sunday and making you feel bad.
I love you. You are my pillar, my axle, the foundation of everything I do and think. From here on, I want to do everything I can to make you happy, by paying attention to the small things as we continue our life together.”

While some of the notes may seem a little cheesy or over the top, they were probably a huge help to his wife. When trying to overcome a problem, knowing that someone has your back no matter what, even if it’s just with a fun little note at the end of the week, can make a huge difference.

Best of luck to the two of them! They’re right on their way to being just as cute as the couple who created Pokémon-themed wedding invitations.

Source: Twitter/@c__i__y__o via Hachima Kiko
Top image: Twitter/@c__i__y__o