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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 Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                                                                  How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                                                                  Possessing strong communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This is especially true in the workplace.

                                                                                  I have personally worked with several leaders who were masters of communication. A few were wonderful speakers who could tell a great story and get everyone in the room engaged. Those of us in attendance would walk away feeling inspired and eager to help with what came next. Others were very skilled at sharing a clear direction and job expectations.

                                                                                  I knew exactly what was expected of me and how to achieve my goals. This was the foundation of an energized and vibrant role I was in. What I have found is strong communication skills are incredibly helpful and sometimes critical in how well we perform at work.

                                                                                  Here we will take a look at how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                                                                                  How Communication Skills Help Your Success

                                                                                  Strong communication skills pave the way for success in many ways. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

                                                                                  Create a Positive Experience

                                                                                  Here are two examples of how well developed communication skills helps create a positive experience:

                                                                                  When I first moved to the city I now live in, I began a job search. Prior to my first live interview, I was told an address to go to. Upon arriving at the address provided, I drove around and around attempting to find the location. After 15 minutes of circling and looking for the address, I finally grabbed a parking spot and set out on foot.

                                                                                  What I discovered was the address was actually down an alley and only had the number over the door. No sign for the actual company. The person that gave me those very unclear directions provided a bad experience for me.

                                                                                  Had they communicated the directions to get there in a clear manner, my experience would have been much better. Instead the entire experience started off poorly and colored the entire meeting.

                                                                                  As a recruiter, I frequently provide potential candidates with information about a job I’m speaking to them about. In order to do this, I also provide a picture of the overall company, the group they might be joining, and how their role fits in and impacts the entire company.

                                                                                  Time and time again I have been told by candidates that I have provided the clearest picture of a company and role they have ever heard. They have a positive experience when I clearly communicate to them. Even when the position does not work out for them, often times they will want to stay in touch with me due to the open communication and beneficial experience they had during the interviewing process.

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                                                                                  Strong communication skills will provide a positive experience in virtually any interaction you have with someone.

                                                                                  Help Leadership Skills

                                                                                  It’s certainly a skill all its own to be able to lead others.

                                                                                  Being a mentor and guiding others towards success is a major hallmark of great leaders. Another characteristic of effective leaders is the ability to communicate clearly.

                                                                                  As I referenced above, having a leader who can plainly articulate the company’s mission and direction goes a really long way towards being the Captain of the boat that others want to follow. It’s like saying “here’s our destination and this is how we are going to get there” in a way that everyone can get on board with.

                                                                                  Another critical component of everyone helping to sail the boat in the right direction is knowing what your portion is all about. How are you helping the boat move towards its destination in the manner than is consistent with the leaders’ vision?

                                                                                  If you have a boss or a manager that can show you what it takes for not only you to be successful, but also how your performance helps the company’s success then you’ve got a winner. A boss with superior communication skills.

                                                                                  Build Better Teams

                                                                                  Most of us work in teams of some sort or another. During the course of my career, I have led teams up to 80 and also been an individual contributor.

                                                                                  In my individual contributor roles, I have been part of a larger team. Even if you are in business for yourself, you have to interact with others in one manner or another.

                                                                                  If you have strong communication skills, it helps to build better teams. This is true whether you are in an IT department with 100 other fellow programmers or if you own your own business and have customers or vendors you communicate with.

                                                                                  When you showcase your robust ability to communicate well with others while interacting with them, you are building a better team.

                                                                                  Now let’s jump in to how to improve communication skills to help you pave the way for your workplace success.

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                                                                                  How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                                                                  There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to improve communication skills. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so let’s focus on the things that will provide the biggest return on your time investment.

                                                                                  Most of these tips will be fairly easy to become aware of but will take time and effort to implement. So let’s go!

                                                                                  1. Listen

                                                                                  Ever heard the saying you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? If you haven’t, then here’s the reason:

                                                                                  Being a good listener is half the equation to being a good communicator.

                                                                                  People who have the ability to really listen to someone can then actually answer questions in a meaningful way. If you don’t make the effort to actively listen, then you are really doing yourself and the other person a disservice in the communication department.

                                                                                  Know that person who is chomping at the bit to open his or her mouth the second you stop talking? Don’t be that person. They haven’t listened to at least 1/2 of what you’ve said. Therefore the words that spill out of their mouth are going to be about 1/2 relevant to what you just said.

                                                                                  Listen to someone completely and be comfortable with short periods of silence. Work on your listening skills first and foremost.

                                                                                  2. Know Your Audience

                                                                                  Knowing your audience is another critical component to having strong communication skills. The way you interact with your manager should be different than how you interact with your kids. This isn’t to say you need to be a different person with everyone you interact with. Far from it.

                                                                                  Here is a good way to think about it:

                                                                                  Imagine using your the same choice of words and body language you use with your spouse while interacting with your boss. That puts things in a graphic light!

                                                                                  You want to ensure you are using the type of communication most relevant to your audience.

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                                                                                  3. Minimize

                                                                                  I have lunch with a business associate about 3 times a year. We’ve been talking for several years now about putting a business deal together.

                                                                                  He is one of those people that simply overwhelms others with a lot of words. Sometimes when I ask him a question, I get buried beneath such an avalanche of words that I’m more confused than when I asked the question. Needless to say this is most likely a large portion of why we never put the deal together.

                                                                                  Don’t be like my lunch business associate. The goal of talking to or communicating with someone is to share actual information. The goal is not to confuse someone, it’s to provide clarity in many cases.

                                                                                  State what needs to be stated as succinctly as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pleasant conversation about the weather too.

                                                                                  The point is to not create such an onslaught of words and information that the other person walks away more confused than when they started.

                                                                                  4. Over Communicate

                                                                                  So this probably sounds completely counter intuitive to what I just wrote about minimizing your communication. It seems like it might be but it’s not.

                                                                                  What I mean by over communicating is ensuring that the other person understands the important parts of what you are sharing with them. This can be done simply yet effectively. Here’s a good example:

                                                                                  Most companies have open enrollment for benefits for the employees in the fall. The company I work for has open enrollment from November 1 to 15. The benefits department will send out a communication to all employees around October 1st, letting them know open enrollment is right around the corner and any major changes that year. There’s also a phone number and email for people to contact them with any questions.

                                                                                  Two weeks later, we all get a follow up email with basically the same information. We get a 3rd communication the week before open enrollment and another one 1 day before it starts.

                                                                                  Finally we get 2 emails during enrollment reminding us when open enrollment ends.

                                                                                  There’s minimal information, it’s more of a reminder. This is effective over communication.

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                                                                                  5. Body Language

                                                                                  The final critical component to how to improve communication skills for workplace success is body language. This is something most of us have heard about before but, a reminder is probably a good idea.

                                                                                  When I am in a meeting with someone I am comfortable with, I tend to kind of slouch down in my chair and cross my arms. When I catch myself doing this, I sit up straight and uncross my arms. I remember that crossing arms can many times be interpreted as a sign of disagreement or conflict.

                                                                                  In general, the best rule of thumb is to work towards having open body language whenever possible at work. This means relaxing your posture, not crossing your arms, and looking people in the eye when speaking with them.

                                                                                  When you are speaking in front of others, stand up straight and speak in a clear voice. This will convey confidence in your words.

                                                                                  Conclusion

                                                                                  Possessing strong communication skills will help you in many facets of your life and most certainly in the workplace.

                                                                                  Good communication helps create better teams, positive experiences with those we interact with, and are critical for leadership.

                                                                                  There are numerous tactics and techniques to be used to improve communication skills. Here we’ve reviewed how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                                                                                  Now go communicate your way to success.

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