Yes, I am a romantic at heart. I always have been. I love any occasion to celebrate connection, appreciation, gratitude, the sweet smell of flowers and the taste of rich, decadent, dark chocolate that melts in your mouth.
What would you like to add to your personal and business relationships that will enrich your life as well as others? Below you will find some Valentine ideas for home and family and tomorrow I'll add thoughts for the workplace. Enjoy this awesome day and celebrate love with all those you cherish!
Relationships at Home
The greatest exercise for the heart is lifting somebody else up...
Life is all about our relationships … relationships with others and with yourself. I have some tips that will point you towards building healthy, fun, positive, forward moving relationships, for your personal and business life.
As a start, consider the connections you have with others and connections that you would like to make. Be aware and set your intentions on what you want in your life. Be grateful and express this gratitude from your heart to the people that matter to you. As the anonymous quote above intimates, we grow stronger as we connect with others.
Whether it is your spouse/partner, children, friends, co-workers or colleagues, gratitude and appreciation is the gift that keeps on giving. Why? Because while it makes others feel good to be acknowledged, in turn, it makes the person giving the acknowledgement feel great too!
● Express Gratitude, Appreciation, and Respect
Expressing our gratitude, appreciation, and respect to others transcends the people around you. Reaching out and sharing just one thing for which you feel grateful or appreciative lifts the spirit and mood for both of you. Live dangerously and tell them several things that touch you.
● Designated Date Night
My husband and I have been enjoying a date night now for years. Each week we take a time-out together where we simply enjoy each other’s company. Where and what you do is not as important as the quality time you spend with each other. Whether you stay home and make a fire and enjoy a glass of wine or see a movie and enjoy a meal at your neighborhood restaurant, being together without cell phones, television, newspapers, your kids, or any other distractions allows you the time to focus on each other.
… And please listen carefully. Resist the urge to talk about work, the kids, the in-laws, bills to pay, and other responsibilities. Simply enjoy what brought you together in the first place.
Give yourself a gift. Take some well-deserved time to do whatever you like. Self-time gives you the opportunity to re-energize and re-connect with yourself and the universe. For your nurturing self: Get a massage, take a bubble bath, read a magazine, enjoy a romantic comedy. For you action self: workouts, sporting events and action movies! Do something you find satisfying.
● Dedicated Time
Take 15 minutes each day to connect with your partner. Talk about what is going on in your lives. Communication that is open and flowing improves individual and collective health. Do the same with your kids!
● Have Fun
That’s right…Have Fun!! Sometimes as adults we forget about the simplicity of fun. We droop with responsibilities as opposed to celebrating life. Find the joy and as we are reminded in Forrest Gump, Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get! Think about what would put a smile on your face and lighten your mood. See a silly movie, do something you enjoyed as a teen. Buy some Bazooka Joe bubble gum and start blowing bubbles!