With Valentine’s Day now over, it makes you wonder, was the day used as a catch-up day to make up for taking the relationship for granted? Shouldn’teveryday be special? In this article, staff writer Stephanie Becerra, explores the “day after“ and how everyday can have a little romance.
So it’s the day after Valentine’s Day, as is evidenced by the half eaten box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates and bouquet of lilies displayed on your kitchen table. If you’re in a relationship, ideally your day was spent cuddling, watching your favorite movie, dining at a lavish restaurant or doing whatever you and your partner deemed appropriate for the most romantic day of the year. For that one day, you both put forth all your effort into showing each other how much you mean to one another. But what about the other 364 days in the year?
It can be easy to get caught up in the romanticism that is Valentine’s Day. It’s torture for the single folks but wonderful for those in love. And it’s ok to go all out and lavish your partner with gifts but it shouldn’t take a “holiday” for you to want to appreciate each other. There are little thing you can do, each and everyday to let your significant other know how much you appreciate them.
Little notes can go a long way. It may seem like something trivial, but it shows your partner that you’re thinking of them. If he/she likes to read in the bathroom, leave an “I love you” note tacked on the mirror while they shower. Or if they brown bag it for lunch, tape an “I hope you have a great day” sticky note on their sandwich. This small, thoughtful gesture will show your partner that they’re always on your mind.
It doesn’t take an expensive Italian restaurant to impress your partner. Sometimes an impromptu breakfast in bed is just as good, if not better. Be spontaneous one morning and prepare your partner’s favorite breakfast, bring it to them in bed along with a rose or lily in a vase and watch your their face light up. Or better yet, surprise them at work one day with food from their favorite lunch place. The spontaneity is exciting and your partner will once again feel appreciated that you thought of them.
Above all else, be honest. If you love your partner, tell them that. Let them know each and everyday how much you appreciate them and that it doesn’t take a holiday to show just how much they mean to you.
Respect, love and generosity are all tenants of a relationship that should be present more than once a year. As wonderful as receiving an e-card or a bouquet of fruit flowers can be, being thoughtful, spontaneous and sincere 365 days of the year will ensure a happy, long-lasting relationship. Much longer than the life of a bouquet of fruit flowers.