Appreciating Your Significant Other

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it might be nice to blog today about some ways to show your significant other that you appreciate them. Did I mention that all of the things on this list will cost little to no money at all? These acts of kindness are straight from the heart and focus on what matters most; your relationship!

  • Be present in the moment. When you are with your significant other, really be there.Don’t have your eyes glued to your phone, or be making a mental list of what you need to do tomorrow. Spend good quality time with the love of your life.
  • Utilize meaningful two-way conversation. Don’t just talk, engage in meaningful conversation with the person you love. Often, we forget to really communicate, showing our love, support, and praise for the people we love.
  • Complete a task you know they hate. Everyone has a chore that they just cannot stand. I can tell you with confidence that I would rather eat dirt than vacuum the house. If your loved one has a similar burning hatred for a household task, you could complete it for them as a thank-you for all the things they do for you.
  • Leave them a note. Write your significant other a sweet note and leave it somewhere they’ll find it. That might be on the kitchen table before work or even in their lunchbox. Reading your kind words and knowing they are being thought of will bring joy to their day.
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  • Prepare their favorite meal. There is almost nothing as thrilling as coming home after a long day of work to find that any meal (not even your favorite) has been prepared and is waiting for you! You could even make a favorite snack or dish together and enjoy it as a couple.
  • Express your gratitude.There is a lot to be said for verbally expressing your appreciation for your loved one. You can never say “thank-you” too many times! You may even find that more regularly thanking your significant other for all the things they help you with will make them happier to complete them in the future.
  • Check in with them.All of us are guilty of being wrapped up into the busyness of our daily tasks and responsibilities. Make a conscious effort to make time to check in with your significant other to see how they are doing. See how they are feeling now, how they’ve been feeling lately, and if they have any current needs from you. Keeping this channel of communication open will make them feel immensely supported and loved.

What are some of your favorite ways to “say thanks” to the person you love? How do you think you could or plan to improve upon these things? February is the month of love, get out there and start making some great new habits!