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Happiness Tip: Foster Appreciation

The best gift you can give yourself this Valentine’s Day is gratitude for your special someone. Research shows that when we consciously think of things we appreciate about our spouses, we feel more in-love!

Take Action: Every day this week, note something you love and appreciate about your Valentine. (Even if you are annoyed that she didn’t take out the trash, or he forgot to make the kids’ lunches, again.)  Extra Credit: Tell him or her what you love in a text, a card, or a little whisper at the end of the day. Expressing your gratitude is even more powerful than just thinking about it.

Join the Discussion: What do you love about your lover? Share in the comments below!


  1. Chicago IL says:

    Christine – Great reminder on how important it is to communicate to the most important people in our lives. Thanks for this. And – you look great! Love your make-up – Did you do it yourself? Please share your secret…

  2. peg says:

    Great doable idea- we are married a long time, daily annoyances easy to remember- gratitude for the good, too easy to overlook-

  3. Donne Davis says:

    My honey and I are celebrating our 45th Valentine’s Day together. When I get overwhelmed by too many projects, we sit down together and he helps me prioritize. He’s so good at putting things in perspective – when I get caught up in the details, he sees the big picture.

  4. Moira Kirkwood says:

    A real early Valentine’s gift for me today. Just enjoyed 3 hours of shooting the breeze with my lover. All sorts of topics…some heartfelt sharing, and sometimes just chatting. What a luxury, and what a blessing.

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