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National Spouses Day on January 26th each year celebrates the bond between two people and sets aside time for couples to show each other gratitude. 

Dedicated to recognizing spouses everywhere, the observance reminds us to take time for our mate. From being thankful for the fulfillment and security of a long-term relationship to the boost of morale and well-being provided by spouses, there are many reasons to celebrate. This day is a time to show your spouse that you care and appreciate all of the things that he or she does for you and the home.

Life gets busy, and we can often take for granted how our spouse improves our life. Pay a heartfelt thank you or compliment to the love of your life. Since the day is a non-gift giving day, spend time together and reconnect. Don’t forget to say, “I love you.”

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSpousesDay

If it has been a while since you have expressed appreciation to the one with whom you are married, now is your chance. Again, this day is not about giving gifts but spending time together, enjoying each other, and appreciating each other. Use #NationalSpousesDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origin of this holiday. However, it has been observed since the mid-1980s.

Spouses FAQ

Q. Are there other spouse-related holidays on the calendar?
A. Yes, several days on the calendar recognize spouses. Check these out:

  • Gold Star Spouses Day
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • Ex-Spouse Day
  • Wife Appreciation Day

Q. Do I give a gift on Spouses Day?
A. No. The day is about expressing your appreciation for your spouse without giving gifts. Some ways you can do that include:

  • Compliment your spouse on something. It could be their appearance, cooking, patience, or artistic talent.
  • Share a memory of your spouse that you think of often.
  • Spend time together. Play a game, eat dinner together, look at the photo albums, put a puzzle together, take a walk.

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