In this day and age, the profession of love has taken the form of a narcissistic attention-grabber. You might have seen at least one of the countless viral videos featuring flash mob wedding proposals, or elaborately-staged skits for some dude to confess his feelings for a girl he has liked since elementary school. Nowadays, it seems romanticism screams to be heard and will, at times, demand an audience to be appreciated.
Taking a different approach
While large gestures are considered sweet, because our standards for affection require leaving cheeks blushed and hearts racing, you don't really need a film production company or a gang of agreeable buddies to make your love known.
There is a kind of love that is silent but true—the kind that doesn't scream for attention, but whispers gently. That is the kind of love that is felt even if it goes unsaid. We are all familiar with the saying "Actions speak louder than words." Here are some simple, yet meaningful gestures to let your actions show your special someone that you truly care.
#1 Listen to your special someone fully and sincerely. Communication is the backbone of a strong relationship and communication is not possible if you don't listen. It could be something as simple as listening to your partner when they tell you how their day went, or listening to something you might find uninteresting or repetitive.
The act of listening is bonding with your partner in and of itself, as it lets you get to know them better. So sit back, don't interrupt, and listen—even if you've heard the story many times over.
#2 Make time for your special someone. Time is the most precious thing you can offer to a person you love. The gesture becomes more meaningful if you give what little time you have left for yourself to your significant other. Giving them the best of your time, even if you have a tight schedule, makes them feel loved and prioritized.
#3 Be patient and cut them some slack. There are times that your partner may act or think irrationally. This could mean that they are under stress, or going through something difficult that you are unaware of. If this happens, give them some space, and don't become confrontational. If your partner snaps at you for no reason, stay calm, and offer a smile and a reassuring hug.
#4 Surprise them every now and then. You don't need a special occasion to surprise your special someone, nor does the surprise need to be expensive or elaborate. Small surprises such as a hearty breakfast after waking up from an exhausting night, or taking over some chores could make your special someone feel loved.
Maybe you could send her flowers and a note one day just for the heck of it, or let your partner arrive home to find packed bags and plane tickets for an impromptu vacation. Get creative! Read more on lovepanky.