Now Valentines Day is a cut-throat game of one-upping each other with the latest DIYs on Pinterest, construction paper just doesn't cut it anymore. Celebrating your relationship is lost in a rush of chocolate, jewelry, flowers and last minute reservations, gone as quickly as it came.
So, why don't we forego our traditional v-day plans and give our relationship some much deserved TLC? After all, it's your relationship, who says you have to celebrate like everyone else?
This is at the top of the list because communication is one of the most essential components of building and nurturing a healthy relationship.
Everyone communicates differently, and understanding how you and your partner may differ is important. In fact, there are entire studies suggesting that love is a language in itself!
How to start:
Let's face it, life is stressful. Even when you think you have things all figured out, another curve ball comes your way. So let's find a way to keep things light as often as we can, and make each other laugh.
A study performed on couples found that, "in general, couples who laugh more together tend to have higher-quality relationships,”
Be it a movie, board game, pillow fight or lip-sync battle this Valentines, try something fun. Your relationship wasn't always so serious, so let's inject it with a little laughter.
Kissing is one of the most under-utilized things in a relationship, particularly if you've been together for a while.
So, forget those expensive dinner plans and get out that lip chap!
The time will come when you wish you savoured the small things. Don't let your relationship be one of them.
Check out this collection of comics that highlights the beauty in the mundane moments of a relationship. Moments you overlooked, were frustrated, or even took for granted.
Take time this Valentines Day to live in the moment. Talk to your partner about your most memorable moments in the relationship, then see how many of these you share together.
According to Dilshad Masthan, "the biggest mistakes couples do, who lose their spark in the relationship and end up bitter, is that they start to notice the flaws more than the beauty that surrounds the relationship."
For Valentines Day, take a few minutes with your partner and form a list of 10 things you each love and appreciate about one another.
Whether it's the way your partner makes the best tuna sandwiches, or how they smirk after a sarcastic joke. Remember, everyone communicates differently, and each list will be different.
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