(WellnessPursuits.com) – Love is personal and so is how we choose to express it. When that special someone has your heart skipping a beat and dancing on cloud nine, it’s important to show them how much they mean to you. Go beyond the usual and do something that really stands out. Here are a few ideas that might help.
1. Get Creative
Do you have any creative interests or talents? Maybe you like to make crafts, sing or write haiku. Turn it into something special for your partner. Leave a poem on their car window, put together your own floral arrangement or devise a silly song and dance for a one-man show. Putting a piece of yourself into a special gift will make it that much more meaningful when you give it.
2. Ease Their Burden
What’s weighing your partner down? Is it possible for you to take on any of that burden? Sometimes, even a small gesture — tackling piled-up dishes, mowing the lawn or taking over dinner — can go a long way. Ask yourself what you could do to make your partner’s life a little easier, and then make a plan to get it done. It’ll mean so much more than anything you could buy.
3. Show You Listen
Were you paying attention when they pointed out how much they liked that pretty shirt or shiny power tool? Show them you were paying attention by making sure the item makes their birthday or holiday gift list. Better yet, surprise them with it “just because.”
Maybe they keep mentioning how badly they need a break from the kids, or they’ve asked you multiple times to take care of something that’s low on your priority list. Maybe they’ve been dying to try that new restaurant. Let them know that their priorities matter to you. Not much says, “I love you” more than listening to their wants or needs and doing something about it when the ball’s in your court.
4. Put Down the Phone
How much time do you spend on your phone? Did you know that too much cell phone use drives a wedge in some relationships? One of the greatest gifts you can give another person is your time. Show your love by putting the phone down and offering some quality interaction. The virtual world can be alluring, but what you have in front of you is real — and it’s yours. Be present. It’ll mean the world to your significant other.
5. Go Back to Where You Started
Spend an evening taking a trip down memory lane, reminiscing over shared memories and funny stories. Say “I love you” by revisiting what made you fall for one another in the first place. Try revisiting your first date, recreating something special you did when you were still getting to know one another or laughing over a shared antic. Your memories together are part of who you are, so make a point of sharing them together.
Your love sometimes deserves more than flowers or candy. Express your feelings in ways that do justice to what’s in your heart. Think outside the box and make your expression as personal as it is special.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Pursuits!
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