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13 Romantic Gestures For a Happy Relationship

13 Romantic Gestures For a Happy Relationship

Both men and women are eager to receive the feeling of being loved and cared for by their partner. It’s nice to know that your partner still thinks about you by showing you how much he or she cares every once in a while. This is why you should make sweet and romantic gestures–to remind your special one that you still have lots of love for them. Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be the only time you show your love to your loved ones. Even the simplest love gestures can brighten up your partner’s days and that way everyday can be Valentine’s Day for the both of you.

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    To maintain a healthy and happy relationship, you don’t need to make expensive shows of affection all the time. Sweet little romantic gestures that can make your lover go awwww, are what matters more. The price is not what counts but the thought and care which is put into it to remind your love that you are still crazy about them.

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    Sometimes, a sweet gesture can make your partner’s day, even if it’s done in the smallest way. Here are 12 sweet, interesting and romantic gestures you should try on your wife, husband, boyfriend or girlfriend to let them know that you still have lots of love for them

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    1. Hold their hand when you are walking on the street and also when you’re crossing a street. This would make them feel really appreciated and proud that you want to show them off to everyone.
    2. Surprise your partner sometimes by making them their favorite breakfast in bed with flowers to go with it. The effort would be really appreciated.
    3. Snuggle all the time. It would make them feel very close and connected to you. It’s a bonding and loving gesture.
    4. Sometimes, you should look into your partner’s eyes, smile and honestly tell them how much you love them. I especially love this, it’s sweet.
    5. Write and hide sweet I love you poems in their pocket which will put a smile on their face when they find it. You can even help them find it by setting an alarm on their phone that would notify them to check their pocket.
    6. Switch things up sometimes by recording a love message on your partner’s phone and just like the poem you can help them find it too.
    7. Fill the tub with hot water and scented flowers after a long day at work, get in together and give each other a massage and back rub while soaking away and relaxing.
    8. Plan a surprise romantic weekend getaway or take them to their favorite picnic spot in an impromptu getaway move with packed picnic basket, blankets, chocolates, strawberry and champagne.
    9. Sometimes, take a day off from other things and spend some time with your partner doing what they love to do, even if it’s not something that interests you much.
    10. Bring home their favorite dessert and have a treat while you snuggle and watch a late night movie or tv show you both love.
    11. Exchange little wrapped and inexpensive gifts every once in a while; it shows you both still care deeply for each other.
    12. Order gifts like flowers, chocolates with lovely little notes or poems attached and have them delivered to your partner at home or at work.
    13. Have a special date night every month and enjoy each others company by cuddling up, turning off your phones, watching romantic movies together and ordering all the takeout food you’ve been craving all month.

    There is more to love than having sex every day of the week. There are lots of things you can do to bring a smile on your partner’s face which is what love is about. Love is more about letting your partner know you’re still in love with them and you enjoy being with them by displaying sweet, affectionate gestures–even if it means doing the little things. Using these romantic gestures can help bring bliss and happiness to a relationship. Do you like these sweet gestures? You can also send this list to your partner so they know what’s on your mind.

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    Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

    Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

    We thought that the expression ‘broken heart’ was just a metaphor, but science is telling us that it is not: breakups and rejections do cause physical pain. When a group of psychologists asked research participants to look at images of their ex-partners who broke up with them, researchers found that the same brain areas that are activated by physical pain are also activated by looking at images of ex-partners. Looking at images of our ex is a painful experience, literally.[1].

    Given that the effect of rejections and breakups is the same as the effect of physical pain, scientists have speculated on whether the practices that reduce physical pain could be used to reduce the emotional pain that follows from breakups and rejections. In a study on whether painkillers reduce the emotional pain caused by a breakup, researchers found that painkillers did help. Individuals who took painkillers were better able to deal with their breakup. Tamar Cohen wrote that “A simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart.”[2]

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    Just like painkillers can be used to ease the pain of a broken heart, other practices that ease physical pain can also be used to ease the pain of rejections and breakups. Three of these scientifically validated practices are presented in this article.

    Looking at images of loved ones

    While images of ex-partners stimulate the pain neuro-circuitry in our brain, images of loved ones activate a different circuitry. Looking at images of people who care about us increases the release of oxytocin in our body. Oxytocin, or the “cuddle hormone,” is the hormone that our body relies on to induce in us a soothing feeling of tranquility, even when we are under high stress and pain.

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    In fact, oxytocin was found to have a crucial role as a mother is giving birth to her baby. Despite the extreme pain that a mother has to endure during delivery, the high level of oxytocin secreted by her body transforms pain into pleasure. Mariem Melainine notes that, “Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which promotes a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her baby.”[3]

    Whenever you feel tempted to look at images of your ex-partner, log into your Facebook page and start browsing images of your loved ones. As Eva Ritvo, M.D. notes, “Facebook fools our brain into believing that loved ones surround us, which historically was essential to our survival. The human brain, because it evolved thousands of years before photography, fails on many levels to recognize the difference between pictures and people”[4]

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    Exercise

    Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce our perception of pain. When our body is high on endorphins, painful sensations are kept outside of conscious awareness. It was found that exercise causes endorphins to be secreted in the brain and as a result produce a feeling of power, as psychologist Alex Korb noted in his book: “Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that act on your neurons like opiates (such as morphine or Vicodin) by sending a neural signal to reduce pain and provide anxiety relief.”[5] By inhibiting pain from being transmitted to our brain, exercise acts as a powerful antidote to the pain caused by rejections and breakups.

    Meditation

    Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor who pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation therapy for patients with chronic pain, has argued that it is not pain itself that is harmful to our mental health, rather, it is the way we react to pain. When we react to pain with irritation, frustration, and self-pity, more pain is generated, and we enter a never ending spiral of painful thoughts and sensations.

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    In order to disrupt the domino effect caused by reacting to pain with pain, Kabat Zinn and other proponents of mindfulness meditation therapy have suggested reacting to pain through nonjudgmental contemplation and acceptance. By practicing meditation on a daily basis and getting used to the habit of paying attention to the sensations generated by our body (including the painful ones and by observing these sensations nonjudgmentally and with compassion) our brain develops the habit of reacting to pain with grace and patience.

    When you find yourself thinking about a recent breakup or a recent rejection, close your eyes and pay attention to the sensations produced by your body. Take deep breaths and as you are feeling the sensations produced by your body, distance yourself from them, and observe them without judgment and with compassion. If your brain starts wandering and gets distracted, gently bring back your compassionate nonjudgmental attention to your body. Try to do this exercise for one minute and gradually increase its duration.

    With consistent practice, nonjudgmental acceptance will become our default reaction to breakups, rejections, and other disappointments that we experience in life. Every rejection and every breakup teaches us great lessons about relationships and about ourselves.

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