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10 Important Things To Tell Your Loved Ones Every Single Day

10 Important Things To Tell Your Loved Ones Every Single Day

Those of us in relationships know that it’s important not to take the other person for granted. Taking the time to share a few thoughtful words and sentiments each day can help strengthen your bond and keep your relationship strong. Here are 10 things to tell your partner on a regular basis.

“I trust you”

Trust is a vital ingredient for every relationship, and so is the feeling that your partner sees you as a person of integrity. Let them know that you feel secure placing your trust in them and you will encourage them to work hard in maintaining that trust.

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“I miss you”

Whether you are in a long-distance relationship, away from one another for a few days, or just haven’t had as much time to talk recently, these three little words can serve as a powerful reminder to your partner that you value their presence in your life.

“I’m sorry”

These two little words have the power to keep your relationship going, even in tough times. If you want to be happy with your partner, you’d be wise to remember that sometimes it’s more important to be content than it is to have the last word. Small fights can erode a strong partnership, so learn what’s worth fighting about and what you can let go.

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“I respect you”

Let your partner know that you value them as a person, not just for their looks, charm, job, or other superficial markers. When they make a particularly hard decision, achieve a goal, or comment intelligently on a complex subject, tell them how much respect you have for their character and intellect.

“You look great”

Even if your partner doesn’t seem especially concerned with their appearance or always making sure they are wearing the perfect outfit, they will still love to hear that you find them attractive. Their self-esteem will improve every time you tell them how hot they look and how proud you are to be seen with them.

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“I’m so grateful to have you in my life”

What does your partner bring you? Care, affection, friendship, advice, good times? If you are in a healthy relationship, they will supply all of the above and more besides! Let them know how much gratitude you feel towards them.

“I’ll always support you”

As a human being, your partner will always be up against some kind of challenge, and will look to you for support. Reassure them that you are always going to be there for them when life gets tough and they will feel inspired to chase their dreams, knowing that you are by their side.

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“I appreciate you”

We all like to feel valued for who we are as people, as well as what we can bring to the world and our relationships. Telling your partner that you appreciate them validates their efforts and encourages them to keep investing in your relationship.

“Let’s go to…”

Relationships often end because one or both parties feel as though the excitement has gone. Once you are past the honeymoon stage, keep fuelling the fire by suggesting new places to go and new activities to try. This sends a clear signal to your partner that you value them and want them to stick around.

“I love you”

Actions may speak louder than words when it comes to showing care and affection, but the words also count for plenty. Whether you’ve been together a few months or several decades, your partner will always appreciate being told how much you adore them. Hearing words of love from a partner can make a bad day much easier.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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