This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your relationship and commit to nurture a heartfelt connection. Remember when you first fell in love? Depending on how we treat each other, those deep feelings can continue throughout our lives. Neural functions change when we’re more compassionate. And holding hands is enough to reduce stress. The possibilities for opening up our hearts are endless:
Express gratitude. If you notice a caring gesture or a job well done, why not mention it? You may be pleasantly surprised at what you get back in return.
Inject humor. Lightheartedness is often the first casualty of a busy life. Humor, playfulness and laughter can lead to greater emotional intimacy.
Pay attention. If you feel bored or stuck, plan a surprise getaway. Time together, free from the routine will make you feel more relaxed and loved.
Resolve conflict. Try to respect your partner’s position and what sets you apart. Learn the art of compromise. And value your relationship more than being right.
Stay engaged. A gentle touch or quick hug releases oxytocin, the feel-good hormone. Conversations beyond the day-to-day can kick-start your curiosity.
With such hectic and pressured lives, we often operate on automatic. But you can keep stress low and contentment high while releasing euphoria-inducing chemicals. And building a reservoir of goodwill does wonders for your relationship on Valentine’s Day and beyond.