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9 Unique Ways to Surprise Your Spouse for a Special Occasion

9 Unique Ways to Surprise Your Spouse for a Special Occasion

If you’re thinking about doing something special for your spouse, why not surprise them? Whether it’s their birthday, your anniversary, or just a normal day that you’d like them to feel loved, consider any of these ways to surprise them.

Birthday

1. Surprise Birthday Party

Though this is a pretty common way to celebrate a birthday, it is always a favorite. You may choose to keep the party small and invite guests into your home, or you can go all out and book a restaurant. Make sure to plan it according to her taste, to ensure that she will not be uncomfortable. Break out the decorations and party hats for a birthday they’ll never forget.

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2. Schedule a Special Delivery

Don’t make them wait to feel special. Let your spouse know that you are thinking about them when they are not expecting it. Order something special to be delivered to their work like flowers, chocolates, or any other kind of birthday gift that they can enjoy.

3. Act Like Kids Again

The day-to-day hustle and bustle of adult life can get pretty stale, and take a hint when your spouse reminisces about their childhood. Plan a birthday party that involves the things that they loved as a child, be it swimming, activities in a park, painting, or anything else. Spend the day reliving their childhood with them.

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Anniversary

4. A Home Cooked Meal

Surprise your spouse with a romantic dinner that includes their favorite foods. A three-course meal will fill them with both food and love, and will let them know that you listen to them. This will ensure that you touch all bases with an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

5. Unique Getaway

Plan a romantic getaway to somewhere unique they’ve always wanted to go, such as Rome. Because there are so many things to do in Rome and other historic places, the surprise doesn’t have to end with the trip tickets. Make dinner plans for a formal anniversary celebration and have fun creating your own unique pasta with the help of local chefs. Additionally, two of the unique spots you should definitely include in your tour are the Pantheon and Colosseum! Of course, any destination is welcome.

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6. Handwritten Love Letter

Write your spouse a love letter that lists all of the ways that you love them, and all of the ways that you appreciate them. Doing this will show your love that you have gone out of your way to make something special for them. This is always a good option for the couples that agree to not exchange gifts, but may also complement any other gift.

Spontaneous

7. Buy Something You Know They’ll Love – (tool, bedroom item, appliance, etc.)

This might be something like a practical necessity. Pay attention to what they need but might be putting off purchasing themselves. This would be something like some sort of appliance, tool, or even an item like an air mattress. They will be grateful that you have made their life easier by taking care of something so significant. Do they want a new television? With all the new advances in television technology, skimming through a comprehensive buying guide will help you to make a more informed decision to surprise your sweetie.

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8. A Night Under the Stars

Use a larger vehicle such as a truck to plan a surprise camping trip. Load the vehicle up with all of the necessities and hit the road to a campsite—choose one that is an old favorite or a new one for an adventure. If this is not an option, just set up a tent in your own backyard! Overall, it is the thought that counts, the experience doesn’t have to be 100% authentic.

9. Take a Trip to the Spa

Often times we don’t make the effort to practice enough self-care. After a particularly stressful few days, surprise your love with a trip to the spa. Allow them to pick a few services that they’d like, such as a massage and manicure, or a facial and pedicure. The pampering will make them feel like new, and they will have you to thank!

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

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Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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