Sure, it’s easy to be thankful around the holidays when your sweetie gets you that limited edition sports jersey or that pair of diamond earrings you’ve been eyeing. But, what about the other 364 days of the year? Don’t just be thankful for those once-in-a-lifetime gifts or that amazing trip to Thailand or Tahiti. Be thankful for everything else too.
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Studies show that being thankful not only improves your overall quality of life and happiness but also improves the quality of life and happiness of those you express gratitude to as well. In addition, being thankful for what you have (instead of spending your time complaining about what you don’t have) greatly improves your health, energy levels and mood. There are plenty of things we take for granted — public transportation, a full tank of gas, a warm bed. Learn how to be happy with what you have at this moment in time.
Gratitude Equals to a Stronger Relationship
Think of your relationship like Popeye the Sailor Man and gratitude as cans of spinach. Each time you let your partner know how grateful you are for having them in your life, for every little thing that they do to make your life easier and more fun, your relationship develops massive muscles. But, as the cartoon or comic strip goes, Popeye’s muscles deflate without the constant influx of spinach. The same holds true for your relationship. You might think your partner already knows or assumes you are thankful that they did the laundry or took out the trash but, more often than not, they don’t. Saying “thank you” shows your partner that you really do notice and care.
Do Your Homework
Yes, cohabiting with another person is bound to drive you up-the-walls crazy at times but, chances are, those other times are spent in relative peace, quiet and happiness. Reflect on those times more often than the up-the-walls crazy time. In addition to saying thanks, show your appreciation with a little surprise from time to time. Pick up your sweetie’s favorite magazine from the bookstore or cook their favorite meal. Help around the house without being asked or arrange a romantic weekend rendez-vous. Not only will you feel better about yourself, your relationship will benefit too.