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40 Small Things Couples Find Great Happiness In

40 Small Things Couples Find Great Happiness In

What makes you happy in a relationship? While large gestures can be sweet and romantic, many couples find true happiness in the little, day-to-day things that their partner does. Happiness is simple, and it is easy to make your partner feel happy and loved.

These little gestures can cheer you up and make you feel loved and appreciated, and can even change a bad day into a great day.

Often these gestures are free and take only a few minutes – check out 40 small things that couples often find great joy in.

1. Dancing around the house together when you’re both in a great mood.

2. Your partner covering you in a blanket if you fall asleep on the sofa because they don’t want you to get cold.

3. Having someone who will sing loudly around the house with you when you’re in a good mood.

4. Waking up during the night and rolling over to hug your partner.

5. Watching your favorite TV shows with each other and sharing some snacks.

6. Enjoying a goodbye kiss before you leave for work.

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7. Leaving notes with each other’s lunch, saying how much you love each other.

8. Cooking your favorite meals together, and playing around in the kitchen together.

9. Bringing your partner a hot drink when they are too busy to make one themselves.

10. Receiving an unexpected hug from your partner.

11. Holding each other’s hands whenever you go out together.

12. Falling asleep in each other’s arms on the sofa during a film after a long day.

13. Taking silly pictures with each other, which you will later cherish.

14. Having someone to carry you to bed if you accidentally fall asleep.

15. Surprising your partner by cooking their favorite meal for them.

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16. Hanging out together in a relaxed, comfortable silence.

17. Buying each other little treats, like ice cream, chips or sweets.

18. Taking long naps together during time off from work.

19. Their smile making you feel genuinely happy.

20. Having someone to hold you close when you are feeling down.

21. Going to the store late at night together to buy tasty snacks for late night cravings.

22. Long, meaningful hugs when one of you is feeling down.

23. Surprising each other by treating each other to occasional breakfast in bed.

24. Staying up laughing all night when you should really be sleeping.

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25. Doing the weekly food shop together, while joking your way around the supermarket.

26. Unexpected kisses that take your breath away and put a smile on your face.

27. Receiving a phone call or text from them when you are not together, saying they are thinking of you.

28. Waking your partner up to give them a hug before you leave for work.

29. Visiting beautiful places together, like local parks and museums.

30. Doing jobs together to make them easier, like moving in or putting up Christmas decorations.

31. Listening to your favorite bands together and introducing each other to new music.

32. Sneaking a glance at your partner and admiring them.

33. Hanging out together doing separate things, but enjoying each other’s company.

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34. Enjoying a beautiful sunset together.

35. Giving your partner your coat or scarf when they look a little chilly.

36. Play fighting with each other in bed. You don’t care about winning – just playing with each other puts big smiles on your faces.

37. Doing silly things together that you would do with no one else, like building a pillow fort or drawing on each other’s faces.

38. Doing the jobs your partner hates for them, like loading the dishwasher or tidying the bedroom.

39. Running your partner a bath after they have had a long, hard day.

40. Waking you up in the mornings with a hot drink and a smile on their face.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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