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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 December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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