Saying those three little words is wonderful, but actually demonstrating your love for your significant other, family, and friends is equally important. You want your loved ones to feel appreciated. One way to accomplish this is through little gestures that go a long way. Maria Del Russo, author of SIMPLE ACTS OF LOVE, shares 7 simple ways you can show you love someone.
#1. Send them flowers for no reason.
Flowers are wonderful gifts for special occasions, but flowers for no reason? Magic. Bonus points if you send a bouquet to their office. Who doesn’t love to show off the beautiful blooms their partner sent them to admiring coworkers?
#2. Plan a long trip together.
Maybe it’s backpacking through Europe or spending three weeks in Japan. Short trips are always fun, but planning something longer shows your partner you love them enough to spend an extended period of time with them.
#3. Go old-school and make them a playlist.
Use your music-streaming service to create a mix tailored to their tastes, and then send it their way via email to listen to while they work. Talk about an instant mood booster!
#4. Ask them how they’re doing—not just to make conversation.
Ask them how they’re feeling about things like work, family, and their friends. Then, truly listen. It can be hard for some people to express their feelings, but sometimes all you’ve got to do is ask.
#5. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Everyone is forgetful from time to time, or experiences a case of butterfingers that causes something to break, or says something they don’t mean. Let the little things roll off your back.
#6. Instead of rushing home after a dinner out, go for a leisurely walk or drive.
Enjoy the in-between times that you spend together just as much as those planned events.
#7. Ask for their advice.
The subject doesn’t matter: it could be as small as which brand of oat milk to buy, or as large as whether or not to switch careers. Taking your partner’s thoughts into consideration shows how much you value their opinion.
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Excerpted from Simple Acts of Love by Maria Del Russo. Copyright © 2019 by the author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.