With Valentine’s Day 2 weeks away, February is the perfect month to focus on love and marriage. I feel very lucky and blessed as my marriage is strong and healthy, but of course, like all couples, we have our challenges. And after 2 ½ years of marriage, we are drawing near to the time when we could start taking each other for granted. I don’t think we are there just yet and I hope this month’s Happiness Project of focusing on Love & Marriage will help us maintain our strong bond.
So this month I have decided to focus on 5 Daily Goals:
- Say Hello & Goodbye with the 6 sec Hug: This one is so simple and from what I read it can really make a difference in any relationship. My husband is the love of my life and I am genuinely happy when he gets home and a little sad when he leaves, so why don’t I greet him and send him off to tackle his day with a big hug and kiss to let him know how I feel? It would make him feel happy, and I bet it will make me feel happy too. Oh and the 6 sec hug? “It’s the minimum time necessary to promote the flow of oxytocin and serotonin, mood-boosting chemicals that promote bonding.” This I learned from The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
- Share Gratitude: Remembering daily what you are grateful for is definitly a key to happiness. I have started my very own Gratitude journal/app so I can remind myself of the sunsets, snow days and kind strangers that made my day special, but what about reminding myself daily what I am grateful for in my marriage? What impact would this have my relationship and on my happiness?
- No TV in the Bedroom: TV in the bedroom means no intimacy. TV must be turned off.
- Walk and Fall in Love: When my husband and I were ‘courting’ we would walk and talk for hours, it was during these walks that I fell in love with my him. That is how we got to really know each other and I really enjoyed that one-on-one time; I know he enjoyed it too. Long walks to nowhere is a bit more difficult now in Austin rather than back in NYC, but we do have a neighborhood behind us that we can stroll in the evenings at least once a week. I hope my husband is up for the walk!
- Be Present: I learned from reading The Happiness Project that men and women view intimacy differently. “Women’s idea of an intimate moment is a face-to-face conversation, while men feel close when they work or play sitting alongside someone.” Hummm, well this could explains why my husband will often give me a look, or ask if something is wrong when I am on my phone at the same time we are watching a TV show together. He views this time together as intimacy, where I feel like it is just watching TV. Ah!Ha! So when we sit together and watch Ghost Adventures or The Daily Show this is quality time. I need to respect these moments, put the phone away and be present.
I am ready for February to focus on my marriage and my husband. Let the lovin’ begin!