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These 40 Heart-Warming Pictures Will Show You What True Love Is

These 40 Heart-Warming Pictures Will Show You What True Love Is

What do you think true love is?

What do you think true love looks like?

What comes to mind? Is it a Hollywood movie like The Notebook or Titanic? Maybe it’s your favorite couple from TV, such as Ross and Rachel from Friends, or real life celebrities like Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. Or maybe your vision of the nature of true love is something closer to home, like the images in your mind of the kind of relationship your grandparents shared over many years?

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Without a doubt, the term “true love” can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Also, while a lot of romantic movies, TV shows, and pop songs focus on the thrill of love at first sight and the beginnings of a relationship, content and functional long-term relationships aren’t depicted as frequently.

While grand gestures are often appreciated, the most important part of fostering a romantic, loving, and long-lasting relationship is ensuring that smaller, daily interactions with each other are thoughtful and respectful.

Artist Puung shows how important these kinds of small interactions are in these beautiful and heart-warming illustrations of romantic love. Each picture captures the daily and often mundane rituals of love that everyone can relate to. Through these simple images of everyday life, Puung is able to portray how meaningful the personal moments you share with your partner actually are.

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As Puuung said on Facebook: “Love comes in ways that we can easily overlook in our daily lives. So, I try to find the meaning of love in our daily lives and make it into artwork.”

These amazing illustrations help to remind us that love is always beautiful, and touching moments of generosity and thoughtfulness can often be overlooked due to the humdrum nature of daily life.

If this series of illustrations captures your heart, you can view more of Puung’s work here.

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So, which image below best describes your understanding of true love?

1. Love Is Bringing Each Other Pancakes

Love is bringing each other pancakes

    2. Love Is Looking After Each Other

    Love is caring for each other

      3. Love Is Celebrating Together

      Love is celebrating together

        4. Love Is Having Someone To Listen To Your Problems

        Love is cheering each other up

          5. Love is Watching Your Favorite TV Shows Together

          Love is chilling out with your favorite snacks

            6. Love Is Enjoying Each Other’s Company

            Love is having someone to relax with

              7. Love Is Always Helping Out

              Love is helping out

                8. Love Is Amazing Hugs

                Love is hugging

                  9. Love Is Just Being With Each Other

                  Love is just simply being with each other

                    10. Love Is Making Each Other Laugh

                    Love is laughing with each other

                      11. Love Is Sharing With Each Other

                      Love is sharing

                        12. Love Is Shopping Together

                        Love is shopping together

                          13. Love Is Singing Together

                          Love is singing together

                            14. Love Is Having Someone To Hold When You Sleep

                            Love is someone to hold at night

                              15. Love Is Dancing Together

                              Love is someone to let go with

                                16.Love Is Surprise Hugs

                                Love is unexpected hugs

                                  17. Love Is Visiting Places Together

                                  Love is visiting places together

                                    18. Love Is Looking Out For Your Partner

                                    Love is waking up your partner when they need to get up

                                      19. Love Is In The Small Gifts

                                      Love is watching your partner when they don't realize you are looking

                                        20. Love Is Someone Holding You When You Feel Sad

                                        Love wipe away tears

                                          21. Love Is Cooking For Each Other

                                          Love home cooked dinner

                                            22. Love Is A Comfortable Silence

                                            Love is a comfortable silence

                                              23. Love Is A Kiss On The Forehead

                                              Love is a kiss on the forehead

                                                24. Love Is Appreciating The World With Your Partner

                                                Love is apprieciating the world around you

                                                  25. Love Is Laughing Over Dinner

                                                  Love is doing special things with your partne

                                                    26. Love Is Doing The Difficult Jobs Together

                                                    Love is doing the difficult tasks together

                                                      27. Love Is Getting Into Routines

                                                      Love is doing things together

                                                        28. Love Is Falling Asleep On The Sofa

                                                        Love is falling asleep on the sofa

                                                          29. Love Is Trusting Your Partner And Having Fun Together

                                                          Love is having fun together

                                                            30. Love Is Tucking Each Other In

                                                            Love is looking after each other

                                                              31. Love Is Magical Moments

                                                              Love is magical moments

                                                                32. Love Is Thinking Of Each Other When You’re Alone

                                                                Love is missing each other

                                                                  33. Love Is Waking Up Your Partner To Say Goodbye

                                                                  Love is remembering to say goodbye

                                                                    34. Love Is Precious Memories

                                                                    Love is sharing special memories

                                                                      35. Love Is Napping Together

                                                                      Love is someone to share the world with

                                                                        36. Love Is Someone Holding You When You Cry

                                                                        Love is someone with you when you feel most alone

                                                                          37. Love Is Being Proud Of Your Partner

                                                                          Love is supporting each other's successes

                                                                            38. Love Is Surprise Kisses

                                                                            Love is suprise kisses

                                                                              39. Love Is Going Out Of Your Way To Make Your Partner Happy

                                                                              Love is surprising each other

                                                                                40. Love Is Playing Around Together

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                                                                                Love is playing with each other

                                                                                  What did you think of Puuung’s art? Do you relate to these depictions of the way in which romantic couples make a life together? Comment with your ideas and experiences below!

                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Puuung via i.imgur.com

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                                                                                  7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

                                                                                  7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

                                                                                  The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

                                                                                  Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

                                                                                  Posture

                                                                                  First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

                                                                                  • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
                                                                                  • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
                                                                                  • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
                                                                                  • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

                                                                                  All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

                                                                                  Facial Expressions

                                                                                  Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

                                                                                  • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
                                                                                  • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
                                                                                  • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

                                                                                  If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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                                                                                  1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

                                                                                  A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

                                                                                  The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

                                                                                  This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

                                                                                  2. Relax Your Face

                                                                                  New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

                                                                                  The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

                                                                                  To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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                                                                                  3. Improve Your Eye Contact

                                                                                  Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

                                                                                  The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

                                                                                  To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

                                                                                  3. Smile More

                                                                                  There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

                                                                                  Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

                                                                                  4. Hand Gestures

                                                                                  Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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                                                                                  It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

                                                                                  5. Enhance Your Handshake

                                                                                  In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

                                                                                  “Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

                                                                                  It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

                                                                                  6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

                                                                                  As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

                                                                                  Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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                                                                                  Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

                                                                                  Final Takeaways

                                                                                  Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

                                                                                  If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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