Having just returned from Wanderlust Festival, my body and mind are filled with love! This happy video reminds us of 20 ways to share your love everyday with partners, spouses, lovers and friends!
Wanderlust is truly my happy place: sharing yoga, dancing, star-gazing, good food, and gorgeous nature time with my lover, my friends, and total strangers opens up my heart in a way that I have never experienced previously. As I wrote about in my post about finding true happiness, I feel truly at home with myself at Wanderlust.
Having never experienced large festivals of this sort before (although it looks like this year might bring me to Burning Man, the festival to end all festivals), I cannot compare it to other places. But I do know that I leave Wanderlust festivals with a heart full of love, compassion, gratitude, and kindness.
But I struggle with keeping these very positive experiences with me everyday. Of course it’s easy to be blissed out in the mountains with gorgeous vistas and lovely friends, but in daily life it’s harder to maintain. I try to focusing on giving love everyday, and practicing gratitude. And yoga, of course!
If you need some ways to show your loved one, partner, or lover that you care, watch the video above from the good folks at the Wanderlust Journal to gather some funny and sweet ideas.
Another way to express your love each day is to deepen communication with your partner, and to be sure that you are showing them love in the way that truly resonates with them by determining your love languages. There are five different love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gifts, Acts of Service and Physical Touch. Expressing and receiving love differently than your partner opens the door for miscommunication, which can cause serious problems in your relationship. In order to avoid this tragedy, figure out and cater to your partner’s love language. The following is a repost of this idea from Insteading.
People feel and express love in different ways. What one person may believe communicates their deepest feelings may seem superficial and unneeded by another person. This comes from your personal love language.
Words of Affirmation
To these people, words speak much louder than actions. They need to hear you say how much you love and appreciate having them in your life. Start with always choosing your words carefully. This kind of person lives for your compliments and words of approval. Even the smallest compliment will go along way with Words of Affirmation.
This language is more than simply spending time with one another. It needs to be quality time. Turn off your phone, send the kids to a babysitter and enjoy some actual time with your loved one. Make date night a regular priority, maybe learning healthy recipes together, to make sure that Quality Time really feels how much you care.
This person isn’t necessarily materialistic. It’s often the thought and meaning behind the gift that really resonates with this language. Pay attention to the little things this person says they want. Also, surprise gifts like organic fruit baskets or fair trade flowers are great ways to show some spontaneous love in this language.
Acts of Service
For those considering alternative gifts, the gift of service is as strong a builder of personal relationships as any on earth. Go find that to-do list your loved one gave your three months ago and get to work on it. Chances are, you lack of service is the reason your relationship hasn’t taken off. This person isn’t lazy. Rather, they want to know that you are willing to take care of them. Find little things you can do to show your love everyday. Even the simplest thing like doing the dishes or packing their lunch can go a long way.
This reaches beyond the bedroom. Physical touch is about making your partner feel safe and loved through your touch. A carefully placed touch on the arm or pat on the back can go a long way in this language. Little things like sitting closer during a movie or making a point to touch your partner in a crowded room are great ways to show your love.
Everybody gives and receives love, but sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint. Have a conversation with your partner about these things and learn how to start communicating love more powerfully to one another.