The single largest predictor of happiness in a relationship comes down to the number of positive acts, affirmations compared to the number of negative actions. In other words, actions and words can hurt. The quickest way to rid yourself of a partner is to forget this rule. So for today try this exercise a practice I live on a daily basis. Tell the people you love something nice about themselves. Maybe it is something you appreciate; a quality, a small act they might have done for you....
Why am I telling you this? I've been doing this for almost 2o years. It came to me one day when I stood at the base of the staircase screaming at the kids and my husband. As my voice echoed up the landing and around the corner a reality hit me: I sounded exactly like the kind of person I did not like. I sounded like my own mother! (Sorry mom, I love you but you really were a huge complainer!)
On that day I tried a new tactic. Polite asking, calmness and reminding myself to tell my family and those I love something that affirms my feelings. So often we say nicer things to strangers than the people we love. We take advantage of the fact that their love is always there - despite what we do. Unconditional love needs to be rewarded!
I have spent the last three weeks flat on my back from a surgical procedure and while I have had a headache, been unable to write, have a mental fog, and I have been depressed. I cannot take care of any of them. I can't even bathe. My kids and husband have rallied around me and when I began crying about how terrible and confused I feel my husband looked at me and said, " We all love you so much and have no problem taking care of you for a while." Then they made me dinner and after my husband helped me shampoo my hair and painted my toenails.
I lay on the bed laughing while he made polka dots on my nails. "You are the best husband," I told him. He smiled back and cuddled up next to me and said, "I know you think so and I hope I can always be that great-man-on-the-pedestal that you put me on." And he is and was.
Today, for me, tell someone you love something nice.