A list of no-BS ways to show that you care and express love to a loved one without spending a dime.
“Love, is more than just a game for two.”
And it’s more than a cute morning text, a box of chocolate or a flower bouquet on special occasions.
Don’t get me wrong. We all love a little surprise every now and then, right? But for most of us, we wait for birthdays or anniversaries to show gratitude and appreciation towards our significant others. The rest of the days, we leave them completely blank.
All relationships take work. And making small daily efforts often yields big results. And honestly, who has time for a 1-hour in-depth one-on-one talk each night?
Luckily, there are things we can do daily to show appreciation and care for our SO (even in the busy days).
You don’t need to do all of them on Day 1. Take time to implement these relationship ideas once at a time and figure out which one works best for you. And most of them don’t involve spending a dime or leaving the house!
Easy ways to express love and show care
Be a good listener
Sometimes after a long day, your boyfriend or girlfriend may just need someone to vent to. Remove distractions like your phone or the TV and sit down and let your partner open up.
Even if it isn’t a particularly bad day, talk about what went well for them and what they’re looking forward to. Undivided attention can make them feel appreciated and valued.
Random acts of kindness
It’s the small things. If you wake up before your partner, maybe start the coffee maker let the smell of coffee wake them up.
If taking out the trash is not something your partner likes to do, try to do it for them without them asking. These small acts of kindness can mean the world. If you aren’t getting the recognition you desire, it’s okay to bring that up in a kind way too.
Write them a love note
Whether it’s a thoughtful text or a handwritten note, write out the reasons why you love your partner and how much they mean to you.
You can surprise them by hiding it in an unsuspecting place or leave multiple notes around the house. If you’re looking for some ideas, take a look at these gratitude printables for couples. Use them to write a sweet spouse appreciation note to express love and show them you care.
It’s natural for us to be physically intimate at the beginning of a relationship. When we are crazy in love, we just can’t keep our hands off each other.
But some couples get distracted by work and life and the physical connections get cold as time goes by. However, as less than 10% of messages are delivered with words, physical interactions play a huge part in expressing love and care. If hugs and kisses are not happening so often like they used to, it’s time to bring them back.
Studies have found that touching strengthens the bond between partners and can contribute to stress-relief.
If you are not so hands-on with your Significant Other, start by giving them a warm hug or a rub on the back. These small gestures can convey love and care to your partner and keep you two closer both physically and mentally.
Cook a special dinner
This idea takes some time and work but cooking a nice dinner for your partner is one of the easiest ways to make them feel special.
Even if you aren’t a great cook, you can either attempt to make a meal or order your favorite take out to alleviate any stress of having to cook. Sit down and eat together without any distractions and connect with each other.
Give more than you take
Even if this sounds a little vague, it’s a nice reminder to evaluate what you’re putting into your relationship. Think about your partner’s needs from you and what you need from them.
Are you taking more than you are giving? Are you giving them enough time and undivided attention?
A relationship is never 50/50, but rather 100/100. Once you start taking a step forward, you encourage your spouse to bring more to the table as well.
Recreate your favorite memories
Do you still remember the first text you sent to each other? Or the first movie you watched together? Whether you’ve been dating for a few months or married many years, you should have a trunk of special moments that you’ll never forget.
Why not relive them once again? If time permits, spend a night at the diner where you dated for the first time. For busy couples, rent the movie you’ve watched and do it again at home!
By recreating those sweet memories, it will not only express love and care to your spouse but also rekindle the romance between you two.
Now it’s your turn
Try to express love to your Significant Other with these simple steps. Or if you have some good advice to show your partner you care, don’t hesitate to share in the comment!