No one knows why Sweethearts© conversation hearts are so popular, but 100,000 pounds are produced daily year-round to meet Valentine’s day demand (CroninandCompany). Though the origins of Hallmark's Valentine ’s Day may be just as mystifying, your partner's expectations of a day of love and romance are probably not a secret. Following these three simple rules will help you make the most of your Valentine’s Day, and show your partner that you value your relationship.
- Be positive: Embrace the holiday as an opportunity to express your feelings for your partner. A full day dedicated to the person you love is exciting not a chore. Remember, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it.
- It’s the thought that counts: Personalize, not monetize your efforts. Avoid wasting funds on expensive showpieces, and focus instead on heartfelt and personalized gifts. For example, homemade always says more than store-bought and original ideas are more romantic than the typical dinner and a movie.
- Put away your phone: All your attention should be on your partner. Putting your phone away for your significant other can be a meaningful gesture. If your partner is the one with the electronic third wheel, suggest you both turn off your phones in order to spend the time truly together.
Don't let the social pressure of Valentine's Day get you down. Take advantage of this easy-to-remember date to treat your partner with love and affection. Even if you're one of those people who treats your partner like a Valentine every day, making the extra effort should at least score you some extra brownie points.
Benjamin Ritter, MBA, MPH, Author of The Essentials and co-founder of Suave Lover International, is a freelance writer and a private relationship-and-social-dynamics coach in the areas of public health, fitness, and social dynamics, a writer and editor for Ask Men.com, and the interpersonal relationships columnist for examiner.com. His passion lies in guiding and providing tools to men for overall self-improvement.
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*Edited by Rachel Ritter