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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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                                                                                  How to Live a Stress Free Life in a Way Most People Don’t

                                                                                  How to Live a Stress Free Life in a Way Most People Don’t

                                                                                  Learning how to live a stress free life may seem impossible, but the truth is that there are specific things you can do to begin eliminating sources of stress.

                                                                                  No, it doesn’t look like a made-for-television movie. No, it doesn’t look like something only people with extra time and money can do. It looks like your life—but without any self-created stress triggers.

                                                                                  Here are 11 ways to help you live a stress-free life:

                                                                                  1. Stop Overanalyzing Situations That Haven’t Happened

                                                                                  The first step to living a stress-free life is to stop overanalyzing imaginary scenarios. It’s easy to spend time in the world of worst-case scenarios. People tend to cultivate this world for one of two reasons.

                                                                                  First, because if you know what the worst-case scenario is, then it won’t surprise you when it happens. Second, if you know what the worst-case scenario is, then you can do everything in your power to control the universe so the worst case never happens.

                                                                                  If that’s really the world you want to cultivate, then become a professional risk assessor. If not, then ask yourself how you are benefiting from continuing to live that way.

                                                                                  Does it make you feel better about yourself and your life? Does it make you want to leap out of bed in the morning, eager to embrace the worst-case scenario? Does it bring you joy or fulfillment?

                                                                                  If your answer to these three questions is no, then stop living in the future and bring yourself back into the present.

                                                                                  2. Don’t Take on Other People’s Problems

                                                                                  The whole advantage of other people having problems is that they aren’t your problems. When you frequently take on other people’s problems, you get into the habit of enabling.

                                                                                  Let’s get crystal clear about the definition of enabling: enabling is the art of continuing to take responsibility for other people, thereby disallowing their personal responsibility[1].

                                                                                  It is of no service to other people to take on their problems because they can’t/won’t/don’t know how to fix the problem.

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                                                                                  It is of service to empower others to take responsibility for themselves and their lives, to encourage, teach, and motivate others to address their own problems. So stop enabling, and start empowering.

                                                                                  3. Get Present in the Moment

                                                                                  Being present in the moment involves being in your body and feeling your feelings—two things that lots of folks actually don’t know how to do.

                                                                                  Ask yourself these two questions: What does fear feel like in your body? What are you afraid of?

                                                                                  If you don’t know the answer to these questions, you probably aren’t present in the moment. Being present involves vulnerability, humility, and openness[2].

                                                                                  How to live a stress free life by being present

                                                                                    The past and the future stop being so relevant and intriguing when you’re able to get in your body and feel your feelings. When you can do these two things, you actually want to be in the present moment.

                                                                                    To get started, close your eyes, focus on your breathing, and watch your stress levels drop. Then, try these tips: How to Live in the Moment and Stop Worrying.

                                                                                    4. Focus on What You Have, Not What You Don’t

                                                                                    The easiest way to stop focusing on what you don’t have is by not watching TV commercials. Marketing teaches us to focus on what we don’t have, and advertising campaigns spend millions of dollars convincing us that we must have what we don’t yet have.

                                                                                    Can you think of a marketing campaign that teaches you to enjoy what you already have without buying something to enhance it? Odds are you can’t.

                                                                                    In a world dictated by Super Bowl commercials and Facebook ads, it takes stalwart focus to recognize what you have more than what you don’t. If you want a stress-free life now, get stalwart, and stop letting other people dictate your focus.

                                                                                    In order to do this, try cultivating a gratitude practice to help refocus your mind toward what is good in your life. You can get started with this guide.

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                                                                                    5. Stop Surrounding Yourself With People Who Don’t Make You Happy

                                                                                    Honestly, what kind of people do you really like to be around with? People who get you, who see you clearly, who accept your flaws and all; people you can be yourself with; people who have shared interests?

                                                                                    How many of those people are in your life? What characteristics do all of the other people in your life have?

                                                                                    If you find that the people in your life aren’t adding anything positive, it may be time to make some changes. If you find that other relationships you have are downright toxic, start working to cut out those relationships immediately.

                                                                                    6. Find a Job That Makes You Feel Good

                                                                                    You don’t have to stay at a job just because it pays the bills. Most people spend more time working than sleeping. The average person spends 40 to 80 hours a week—or 2,000 to 4,000 hours a year—working. That is a significant investment!

                                                                                    If your best friend or child told you that they were going to spend 4,000 hours giving their emotional, mental, and physical energy to something (or someone) that wasn’t going to value them, give anything back to them, or pay them what they were worth, what advice would you offer? Give that same advice to yourself. You won’t be stress-free unless you don’t learn this[3].

                                                                                    Here’re 11 Signs That You Should Leave Your Job.

                                                                                    7. Only Take on What You Can Handle

                                                                                    Busyness is an addiction. Slowing down can actually be terrifying because it causes you to notice that you have feelings that you now have time to feel.

                                                                                    I get it.

                                                                                    By the time I slowed down, I had decades of busyness under my belt. I went into a tailspin depression because I didn’t understand how to be in the right relationship with my own emotions.

                                                                                    When I finally figured out that feelings are just feelings and allowing them to express themselves is healthy and natural, I stopped experiencing withdrawal from my addiction to busyness and started figuring out the pace of life that felt best for me.

                                                                                    Remarkably, I discovered that I don’t actually like being busy. What will you discover about yourself?

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                                                                                    8. Let Go of Grudges and Anger

                                                                                    For me, it took 20 years of adulthood to figure out that holding on to grudges and anger only hurt me. Lucky for you, though, you can benefit vicariously from my experience just by reading one short paragraph!

                                                                                    No one is holding your feet to the fire, demanding that you hold on to grudges and anger. The energy of anger slowly eats away at your body, mind, and spirit, until one day you wake up more resentful than optimistic.

                                                                                    One day, people no longer want to be around you because the stink of negativity is oozing out of your pores. One day, you even get tired of hearing yourself get angry. And the person or people you are angry at or holding grudges against probably haven’t been affected at all.

                                                                                    Who gets hurt the most in that process of repeating negative thoughts? You do.

                                                                                    Some good advice for you here: How to Let Go of Resentment and Anger

                                                                                    9. Stop Reliving Your Past

                                                                                    To live a stress-free life, you have to stop reliving your past. I know it seems like fun to compare everything in your present to your past, and to experience the present through past-colored glasses, but it actually isn’t.

                                                                                    When you wear past-colored glasses, you can’t truly experience the present for what it is. Your boyfriend or girlfriend gets compared to a list of expectations and failed relationships rather than recognized for the unique blessing they are in your life.

                                                                                    Your boss gets compared to all the bosses who came before her/him. Your friends’ ability to parent gets compared to your parents’ ability to parent.

                                                                                    People, including you, deserve to stand on their own past-free merit.

                                                                                    10. Don’t Complain About Things You Can’t Change

                                                                                    There are always going to be people elected into office whom you don’t like, taxes that you don’t want to pay, idiot drivers who refuse to move out of the left-hand lane, and a person ahead of you in the check-out line who won’t stop chatting with the clerk.

                                                                                    The great benefit of being human is that we get to experience all of what life offers us. To live stress-free is to learn to deal with this fact.

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                                                                                    Dwelling on your frustration with something that can’t be changed doesn’t do anything other than drag you down. You are the only person who will ultimately decide how to respond to what is.

                                                                                    11. Stop Living Through Other People’s Lives

                                                                                    Someone else’s life is not your life. Your life is your life.

                                                                                    What that means is you get to live your life in the way you want. You get to make ridiculous mistakes, take leaps of faith, and stuff things inside your handbag of fear just as much as the next person.

                                                                                    Going through stuff is the whole great messy adventure of being human! Being alive and living life is terrifying and glorious and everything in between.

                                                                                    Stop living through social media, trying to soak in all of the experiences everyone else is having. Focus, instead, on what it feels like to be you in this moment. You may find you like it.

                                                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                                                    An astounding thing happens when you reduce stress and anxiety, get into a relationship with your body, mind, and spirit, and just be yourself without judgment.

                                                                                    Your life literally slows down. You stop wishing for the weekend. You begin to live in each moment, and you start feeling like a human being. You just ride the wave that is life, with this feeling of contentment and joy.

                                                                                    You move fluidly, steadily, calmly, and gratefully. A veil is lifted, and a whole new perspective is born through improved mental health. And this is how you live a stress-free life.

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