Tuesday, May 21, 2013

25 Ways to Show Your Love

May is a time for love. Well, I guess that technically every month is a time for love since we should be expressing our love regularly. In light of that, and because I recognize sometimes we get stuck in a "rut" and struggle to think of new ways to show our love and appreciation to our spouse here's a list of 24 simple ways to show your spouse you love him/her (and 1 more difficult way).
  1. Send a text message to your spouse and tell them thank you for something they did recently that you appreciated
  2. Write "I love you!" on a little scrap of paper and hide it where they will find it later
  3. Give your spouse a kiss
  4. Leave a note that says "Thanks for buttering me up" on the butter
  5. Watch a movie together that your spouse would choose
  6. Laugh together. Watch a funny clip on YouTube or you can share this joke I recently heard: "What did the buffalo say to his son as he left for school? Bison!"
  7. Put a note in the cereal that says "I know that receiving this note is surreal but I love you." (surreal sounds like cereal, kind of)
  8. Compliment your spouse
  9. Give a hug and hold your spouse tight. This is one of my favorites.
  10. Hold hands
  11. Go on a walk
  12. Flirt with your spouse. Sometimes we forget to do this but it's a lot of fun.
  13. Give a massage
  14. Email your spouse 10 reasons you love them
  15. Finish something on their To Do list
  16. Tell your children what you love about their mom/dad
  17. Ask about their day (and listen to the answer)
  18. Bring home a small gift
  19. Ask for your spouses advice on something you're working on or struggling with
  20. Play a game together
  21. Wear a piece of clothing that your spouse really likes
  22. Say "thank you"
  23. Call if you're going to be late for something
  24. Cuddle
Now, here's the more difficult way:

Have a conversation with your spouse and really listen to what they have to say. It takes time, patience, love, and energy to really listen and to talk. It ends of being a lot of fun and is perhaps the best way to show we love our spouse.

How do you show your spouse you love them? I would love to hear about it. Please share it with me in the comments. And don't forget to sign up for my monthly newsletter. It's pretty great.

40 comments:


  1. Come party with APIMP!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight.

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/tgif-link-party-3.html

    Hugs, Cathy

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    1. My husband was at work and had shared that he was hungry. I ordered a pizza and had it delivered and he loved it.

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into Paradise TGIF Link Party.

    I hope you will come party with us next week and see if you were featured! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

    Have a great week!

    Hugs! Cathy

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  3. We've only been married for 14 years but we're still very much in love. I like to leave love notes on the mirror with soap, and different slips of paper with love messages in his coat pocket, sock drawer, dashboard, etc. The little things you do to show your spouse how much you love them is a powerful thing. Thanks for sharing. (visiting from Wonderful Wednesday)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

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    1. Thank you Taylor and congratulations on 14 years!

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    2. 14 years, wow. That's amazing. Congratulations.

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  4. Great list, thanks for linking it up. I'll be printing that out. We can all do with reminders on how to show our spouses we care!
    God bless
    My Daily Walk

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    1. I hope it helps. Thanks for stopping by Tracy!

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  5. Very cute post. Actually my husband & I did #6 last night. We laughed watching something till our sides hurt & our eyes watered. Felt wonderful to do with my best friend :) I visited from Prowess & Pearls this morning :)
    Blessings,
    Joanne

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    1. I'm glad you guys had a good laugh. It seems like there's almost nothing as relaxing as laughing. Thanks for stopping by Joanne!

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  6. Hi Tyson
    I'm returning your visit and I'm very happy I did. I really enjoy your blog. I think I should take your kindness challenge. I really like this idea. Thanks for sharing. I'm also returning your follows.
    Angel @ sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you stopped by too!! Good luck with the challenge. It was a lot harder than I expected but so worth it. Let me know how it goes!

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  7. Oh I almost forgot, #94, what's the rest of that story?
    Angel

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    1. I'm glad you asked. :)

      Okay, so the sexy vein story is as follows. This is our fourth pregnancy and different issues arise with each pregnancy. This time my wife is having some circulatory issues with her legs (the blood isn't quite flowing quite right and it's causing her to have bruise-like spots on one of her heels and another one or two on her legs that hurt a lot). At the her last doctor's appointment she asked about it and they said that this is actually pretty common and that while it hurts we don't need to be concerned. Then Cami mentioned that she just wanted to make sure she didn't have a blood clot or something which could cause a heart attack. The midwife kind of freaked out and immediately ordered an ultrasound of her leg to make sure that there weren't any blood clots. So she's all disappointed about the ultrasound when she gets to the hospital. The ultrasound tech made her feel a lot better by being kind and told Cami that she had great veins. Cami texted me and told me that she had great veins and I replied "I know. Why do you think I married you?" Her reply "What? You think I have sexy veins?" My response "Of course! As if I don't tell you that everyday!" So we now have been joking about her sexy veins. That's the story. Thanks for asking Angel. It makes me feel better to know that someone is actually reading what I write. :)

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  8. These are great, Tyson. I especially like #14 and I think I'll do that today! And I'm going to share this with a friend who I've been coaching. She needs to come up with ways to "bless" her husband and I think your list will give her lots of options she might not have thought of before. Thanks for linking this up at WW too. :)

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    1. I hope my list helps your friend Beth. I hope it helps her and a lot of other people have happier marriages. Thank you for all you do to make that happen.

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  9. These are sweet and kind seeds planted faithfully, watered by His love and grace. Thank you, Tyson!

    Linda

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  10. This helped me. What amazing ways to show love. Bless you!

    Ashley from http://theheartofashley.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm glad it helped Ashley. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you were here.

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  11. Hi Tyson!! Love your list and I see you've got jokes too! :-) They're not hard things to do either, which goes to show, it's the small things that matter. Thanks so much for linking up and following...following you back via FB and GFC. Have a great rest of your day!

    Michell @Prowess and Pearls

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    1. Thanks Michell! (I do LOVE to laugh!)

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  12. Hello, This is a wonderful list! It's a little surreal, cereal. Following you on google+ and liking you on facebook.

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    1. I was pretty proud of myself when I came up with that one. In fact, that note is still on the fridge almost two years later. :)

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  13. I'm impressed. I don't think I've ever come across a blog written by a man about love and relationships. It will be different and most interesting reading such posts from a male's perspective. I'm following!

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  14. I'm with Victory! ^^^^ This is all such great advice - rare to come from a man.

    Following you back, new friend.

    Blessings from Oklahoma,
    Meredith

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  15. Good info! I'll have to save this for later and pass it on to my married friends for now :)

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    1. Thanks Lisi! I hope your friends find it helpful.

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  16. What a good reminder to be intentional about showing our love. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Laughed out loud at the joke, love it! Funny, just yesterday I had mentioned to my husband that we need to be more lovey-dovey again, we used to for a long time but here lately we've been so wrapped up in caring for our beautiful daughter that we forget to be just husband and wife, even after we go to be we still are mommy and daddy. Thank you for sharing these tips... :)

    I will forward to joke to my hubby, he'll love it haha.

    PS: Found you via Faith Filled Friday!

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  18. Following your blog by email and Facebook! Thanks for linking up at I Choose Joy! each week.
    My husband and I do the "difficult" way every night before going to sleep--really listening to each other. That's why we're so happy!
    --Gena. Http://ichoosejoy.org

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    1. Awesome! Listening is hard, especially at night, because many of us are already so tired. Sometimes my wife tries to have a conversation with me at night and despite my desire to talk with her I pass out. The problem is that after I fall asleep often I will continue to carry on the conversation responding in full sentences and everything so she doesn't know that I'm asleep until the next day when she mentions our conversation or something I said and I have no memory of it. :)

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  19. Love this! Great reminders and ideas. :) following you back on GFC! Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!

    -Heather

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  20. I think this is a great post. Thank you for the great reminders...I found you on the blog hop!!

    Tamika @ No Time for Tea Parties

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  21. Very cute ideas, too many times we forget to show it
    New follower from Oh what a happy day link up Hopefully you will check out my site as well, and follow if you like

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  22. I love your tips! Thank you again for the reminders of loving a spouse :). I always enjoy them!

    Jessica
    The Wondering Brain

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