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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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Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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7 Ways to Make Life Changing Decisions

7 Ways to Make Life Changing Decisions

Most people don’t know the profound effects of making life decisions. Often times, we go through life oblivious to what thoughts we are thinking and what actions we are taking. Every single decision we make in our days shapes our current reality. It shapes who we are as a person because we habitually follow through with the decisions we make without even realizing it.

If you’re unhappy with the results in your life right now, making the effort to changing your decisions starting today will be the key to creating the person you want to be and the life you want to have in the future.

Let’s talk about the 7 ways you can go about making life changing decisions.

1. Realize the Power of Decision Making

Before you start making a decision, you have to understand what a decision does.

Any decision that you make causes a chain of events to happen. When you decide to pick up a cigarette to smoke it, that decision might result in you picking up another one later on to get that same high feeling. After a day, you may have gone through a pack without knowing it. But if you decide not to smoke that first cigarette and make a decision every five minutes to focus your attention somewhere else when you get that craving, after doing this for a week, your cravings will eventually subside and you will become smoke-free.

But it comes down to making that very first decision of deciding whether or not to pick up that cigarette.

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2. Go with Your Gut

Often times, we take too much time to make a decision because we’re afraid of what’s going to happen. As a result of this, we go through things like careful planning, deep analysis, and pros and cons before deciding. This is a very time consuming process.

Instead, learn to trust your gut instinct. For the most part, your first instinct is usually the one that is correct or the one that you truly wanted to go with.

Even if you end up making a mistake, going with your gut still makes you a more confident decision maker compared to someone who takes all day to decide.

3. Carry Your Decision Out

When you make a decision, act on it. Commit to making a real decision.

What’s a real decision? It’s when you decide on something, and that decision is carried out through action. It’s pointless to make a decision and have it played out in your head, but not doing anything about it. That’s the same as not making a decision at all.

If you want to make real changes in life, you have to make it a habit to apply action with your decision until it’s completed. By going through this so many times, you will feel more confident with accomplishing the next decision that you have in mind.

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4. Tell Others About Your Decisions

There’s something about telling other people what we’re going to do that makes us follow through.

For example, for the longest time, I’ve been trying to become an early riser. Whenever I tried to use my own willpower, waking up early without falling back asleep felt impossible. So what I did was I went to a forum and made the decision to tell people that I would wake up at 6 AM and stay up. Within two days, I was able to accomplish doing this because I felt a moral obligation to follow through with my words even though I failed the first time.

Did people care? Probably not, but just the fact that there might be someone else out there seeing if you’re telling the truth will give you enough motivation to following through with your decision.

5. Learn from Your Past Decisions

Even after I failed to follow through my decision the first time when I told people I was going to wake up early and stay up, I didn’t give up. I basically asked myself, “What can I do this time to make it work tomorrow?”

The truth is, you are going to mess up at times when it comes to making decisions. Instead of beating yourself up over it, learn something from it.

Ask yourself, what was good about the decision I made? What was bad about it? What can I learn from it so I can make a better decision next time?

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Remember, don’t put so much emphasis focusing on short term effects; instead focus on the long term effects.

6. Maintain a Flexible Approach

I know this might sound counter-intuitive, but making a decision doesn’t mean that you can’t be open to other options.

For example, let’s say you made the decision to lose ten pounds by next month through cardio. If something comes up, you don’t have to just do cardio. You can be open to losing weight through different methods of dieting as long as it helps you reach your goal in the end.

Don’t be stubborn to seek out only one way of making a decision. Embrace any new knowledge that brings you closer to accomplishing your initial decision.

7. Have Fun Making Decisions

Finally, enjoy the process. I know decision-making might not be the most fun thing world to do, but when you do it often, it becomes a game of opportunity.

You’ll learn a lot about yourself on the way, you’ll feel and become a lot more confident when you’re with yourself and around others, and making decisions will just become a lot easier after you do it so often that you won’t even think about it.

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Anything you decide to do from this point on can have a profound effect later on. Opportunities are always waiting for you. Examine the decisions that you currently have in the day.

Are there any that can be changed to improve your life in some way? Are there any decisions that you can make today that can create a better tomorrow?

Final Thoughts

Some decisions in life are harder to make, but with these 7 pieces of advice, you can trust yourself more even when you’re making some of the most important decisions.

Making a decision is the only way to move forward. So remember, any decision is better than none at all.

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