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4 Tips To Make Your Valentine’s Day Memorable

4 Tips To Make Your Valentine’s Day Memorable

Valentine’s Day![1] It comes only once a year and gives you the opportunity to express what you feel to your loved one in a special way. Everyone wants to be loved and be loved back in return: the feeling that someone cares about you and would be willing to go to any extent to prove their love to you is breathtaking.[2] Of course, this doesn’t mean you should be cold to your partner and only express love to them on Valentine’s Day. No! You should love each other consistently, but on Valentine’s Day, this is a day to celebrate that love and make the day special and memorable for the both of you.

The following are ways to make your valentine’s day memorable. #4 might actually surprise you:

1. Have a Plan

“Failure to plan is planning to fail.” Just as how you plan for your life, you should also put in similar efforts in planning for Valentine’s Day. In fact, if you don’t make plans early enough you might end up being locked out.[3] Since there are many love birds out there who share a similar goal, get ahead and make plans early—if possible together.[4]

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So, what kind of plans should you make? Nothing can be more breathtaking to your partner than taking them back to where it started. Yes! On Valentine’s Day, you can decide to visit the place where you bumped into each other, that fateful restaurant where you two first met. So, go back to where it first began.

Make plans on the places you wish to visit: if your spouse loves massages, book a massage session. While making these plans, it is important to take into consideration the things that your partner likes. If he/she likes to go to a park, then make his/her day special by making arrangements in advance to the park to visit.

2. Special Gifts

I have to agree, choosing a gift for someone special might be quite a hectic task. Will he/she like it? Isn’t the gift too obvious? There will be a lot of questions running through your mind as your try and figure out the gift to surprise your significant other with.

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Whether you decide to choose jewelry, clothes… you need to make it special. For instance, if you decide to surprise your partner with jewelry, you can make it special by customizing a message on the jewelry. What could be better than surprising your partner with an engagement ring on Valentine’s Day with a custom message “I will be yours forever.” The gifts you buy your partner on Valentine’s Days should be special and different from the ones you buy him/her on a day-to-day basis.

You don’t want to buy her the usual love card with an obvious message, do you? On the contrary, you can actually customize a romantic card and write in it a romantic message that is deep from your heart. This will make your significant other feel that your love for him/her is genuine.

Again, don’t just buy some chocolate. How about you order a chocolate in the shape of the love symbol with a breathtaking message written on it? The goal is to make Valentine’s Day special and different from what you two do on the other days.

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3. Give Yourself

Everyone can buy expensive gifts with custom messages; your partner will appreciate your presence more. Try to connect with each other,[5] smile, laugh and cuddle. Let your actions communicate louder.

Try and get physical. I got your attention, right? The kind of physical I am talking about is go for walks in a park, take a 10-minute jog or even a pillow fight. Engage in anything physical that will make the day memorable and bring joy to both of you.

4. Set The Mood

The last thing you would want is to have an argument on Valentine’s Day. This is not the day to review all the wrongs you have done to each other; this is a special day for you and your partner to celebrate the love you feel for each other. The setting of the place needs to be romantic. You can have candles, flowers and a playlist of the songs you and your significant other likes.

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You can also try watching the sunset together or even lying on the grass and count the stars as you cuddle. Try as much as possible to set a joyful and cheerful mood, let the tears shed on valentine’s day be the tears of joy and not of sorrow.

Conclusion

Since Valentine’s Day is a special day to celebrate love, it is important to ensure that the activities of the day make both you and your significant other happy. The goal is to make the day memorable!

Featured photo credit: Anneliese Phillips via unsplash.com

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The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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