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50 Small Acts That Make Your Partner Feel Loved In A Relationship

50 Small Acts That Make Your Partner Feel Loved In A Relationship

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“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”~Franklin P. Jones

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Romantic relationships seem to require a lot of time and energy once the initial honeymoon stage is over. Keeping the spark in a relationship doesn’t have to entail big, elaborate declarations of love. It’s actually the little things that make your partner feel most loved.

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Here are 50 small thoughtful ideas that can make your spouse feel loved and valued:

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  1. Buy a small “just because” present outside of a special occasion.
  2. Recreate his/her favorite restaurant meal at home.
  3. Say “thank you” and acknowledge the little things your partner does.
  4. Give encouraging words of affirmation on really tough days at work.
  5. Write “I love you” on a slip of paper and hide it in her purse or his pocket.
  6. Hold hands in public.
  7. Plan a surprise lunch date.
  8. Quickly apologize after making a mistake.
  9. Let your partner have his / her way occasionally without a fuss.
  10. Let him / her win an argument.
  11. Take lessons together (the type of lessons don’t matter).
  12. Give your partner a foot rub.
  13. Allow your partner to have space on really tough days.
  14. Say random “I love you” throughout the day.
  15. Seek to do at least one nice thing or random act of kindness for your partner each day.
  16. Give your partner a 20-minute back massage.
  17. Run a hot bubble bath complete with candles and soft music–just for him / her and allow your partner to soak as long as he / she desires.
  18. Read a book together. Take turns reading to each other.
  19. Watch your partner’s favorite show with them and be genuinely interested.
  20. Try an activity that neither one of you are familiar with or have ever tried.
  21. Cook breakfast together.
  22. Wash your partner’s car (or have it professionally detailed–it’s the thought that counts).
  23. Take a couple’s yoga class together.
  24. Play a board game together.
  25. Share your goals and dreams with one another.
  26. Create a few goals together as a couple.
  27. Take an unplanned vacation together.
  28. Skip work together and lay in bed, watch cartoons and eat cereal all day.
  29. Volunteer together.
  30. Go for a walk together.
  31. Hop in the car, turn off the GPS and get lost together.
  32. Do each other’s hair.
  33. Let her give him a shave and let him do her make up–but don’t go out in public like that…
  34. Keep at least one of your spouse’s favorite snacks on hand at all times.
  35. Buy each other an outfit–and actually wear them in public.
  36. Wear matching socks or underwear.
  37. Go on a bike ride together.
  38. Kiss each other hello and good bye.
  39. Fill your partner’s car up with gas.
  40. Tell your partner that he / she is hot.
  41. Ladies be one of the fellas for the night and hang out with him and watch sports or go to a ball game. Fellas become her girlfriend for the evening and participate in one of her “girly” activities.
  42. Bring your partner breakfast in bed.
  43. Write him / her a sweet note in steam on the mirror while he / she showers.
  44. Let your partner sleep in.
  45. Do a chore that he / she usually does.
  46. On movie night, let your partner choose.
  47. Ask your partner what makes him/her feel the most special and then do it.
  48. Call your partner in the middle of the day just to say “I love you”.
  49. Develop a secret code for “I love you” and use it in public when you are not close enough to say it verbally.
  50. Plan an evening for your partner– from start to finish–with multiple activities and pay special attention to ensuring all the details show that everything was tailor made just for him/her.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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