A week from today, we’ll be celebrating one of the best days of the year…half price chocolate day! Just kidding, I totally know it’s Random Present Day Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is a fairly polarizing thing; some people love the romance and some people flat out hate the commercialism. I likely fall somewhere in the middle because I do love the concept of Valentine’s Day. I mean why shouldn’t I be happy about an opportunity to show the people in my life how much I care about them?
But what I don’t like about Valentine’s Day is that it’s just one day. I’m of the mind that if you love someone, you should make it known to them as often as possible, not just when the stores are filled with pink candy. And that goes for everyone: spouses, friends, parents, siblings, etc.
Say it: this one may seem silly, but I think saying “I love you” (and really and truly meaning it) is underrated and not done nearly enough. There’s also a bonus here if you tell them why you love them. From experience, I know that getting an out of the blue “I love you” from A makes my day far more than any box of chocolate ever could.
Make them a meal: it’s probably the Italian in me, but I don’t know what says “I love you” more than homemade food. Go all out with a four course meal or keep it simple with a batch of cookies. Homemade food says that you took time out of your day to do something nice for them and that’s huge!
Leave a sweet/encouraging note for them: maybe they have a test or a big presentation at work. Or maybe it’s just a regular Monday. No matter the reason, a little note could be just the thing to brighten their day and remind them that they have someone great in their corner.
Take over a household chore they dislike: having someone take a task off your plate that drives you nuts makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, trust me. I don’t know if I’m ever more in love with A than when he does the dishes or cleans the bathrooms. On the flip side, he loves that I do the laundry every week.
Surprise them with a lunch date: or bring them lunch at work! Breaking up a long work day with a surprise lunch (even with co-workers) always makes me feel happier and brighter.
Put gas in their car: I hate pumping gas with a passion so when someone else does it for me, I feel super loved. Throw in a car wash? Oh my heavens, we’re soulmates!
Call them just to chat: when is the last time you called your mom or grandmother just to talk to them? If you’re anything like me, it’s probably been a while. Fix that and give someone just 15 minutes of your day. That can make a big difference.
Write them a snail mail letter: no emails, no texts, no snapchats. A good ol’ fashioned letter, on paper, in an envelope with a stamp. Tell them all about your day or what your upcoming vacation plans are: there is no wrong answer here!
Compliment them: tell your co-worker you like her hair. Tell your mom that her meatloaf is the best. Tell your husband his shirt looks nice on him. Even the smallest compliments can make a huge impact on someone because you just never know how much they may need it.
Say “thank you”: hopefully this gets reciprocated when you do all of the above for your loved ones, but make sure you take a moment here or there to thank people in your life. It could be for something nice they’ve done or even just for being them. Feeling appreciated oftentimes translates into feeling loved.
I think the best part of these ideas is two-fold: they work for anyone all year long and don’t involve giving people stuff. What ideas would you add to my list? How do you show people you love them or like to have people show that they love you?
I’m linking up with these lovely ladies this week: