Valentine’s day can often feel like an overwhelming holiday with expectations of big grand gestures or expensive gifts, but it can be less daunting to look at it as a day to serve and focus on your partner by doing thoughtful things to show gratitude and love. Many studies show that thoughtful acts add up to higher levels of happiness, marriage longevity and satisfaction.
Take the challenge to dive into your feelings this Valentine’s Day to dig deep and really show your partner you care. We’ve got 6 ideas to get you started on making this the most meaningful Valentine’s Day yet!
1. Write a love letter
Set aside 30 minutes to write your partner a love letter. Remind them of all the things you love about them and why they mean so much to you. Use this time to show appreciation for the little and big things they do that continually bring you closer. It doesn’t take a lot of time but it can make a lasting effect on your relationship.
2. Cook their favorite meal
Light some candles, pull out the fancy dinnerware and prepare their favorite meal. Not only is the gesture romantic, but nothing is better than coming home after a long day and finding out that someone has not only already taken care of dinner, but they have also made your favorite meal.
Pro Tip: Dress for the occasion. Pull out your favorite dress or a shirt and tie to take this dinner date to the next level!
3. Surprise them
It doesn’t have to be a huge surprise to be effective! It could simply be buying them their favorite treat, delivering them flowers at work, or having the kids make them cards. These are just some examples of small ways to really show you care and are thinking of them.
Pro Tip: Make sure your partner is the type that likes surprises!
4. Tackle their least favorite chores
This could be something around the house like dishes, laundry, or the house project you’ve both been putting off! It could also be errands they might have to run, such as going to the post office, dropping off dry cleaning, or picking up groceries. Whatever it is, taking on the task will alleviate stress and could even open up more time to spend together.
5. Leave notes for them in everyday places
Take a small stack of post-it notes and write down things you love about them on individual notes. Leave the notes in places they will be sure to find them, such as in their wallet, on the steering wheel, or on the bathroom mirror. This small act lets them know that you are thinking of them, and will help make for an unforgettable day.
6. Put your phone away
Put your phone or other distractions away while spending time with your partner. Show your partner that they are your priority and give them your undivided attention. Taking this simple action will allow you to more fully connect, listen, and cherish that special time together.