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How to Stir Valentine's Day Emotions Throughout the Year

Valentine's Day arrives faithfully at the same time every year. During this time most people buy special and thoughtful gifts for their loved ones. This is nice, but wouldn't it be nicer to have these kinds of feelings throughout the entire year?

There are many ways you can make those special Valentine's Day feelings last throughout the year. You don't need to buy extravagant gifts or go out to fancy dinners on a regular basis in order to provoke the emotions associated with Valentine's Day. With a little thought and effort you can stir up those emotional feelings on every other day of the year.

Love isn't just for Valentine's Day, fortunately, it is something you can share every day of your life with someone special to you. Here are a few ways you can make those Valentine's Day emotions last and be felt throughout the rest of the year:

Express Your Feelings

A soft whisper of "I love you", a caress of the cheek or a soft kiss speaks volumes to the person you love. How often is it people take for granted the ones they love due to getting so caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily routines and chores? Sometimes when "life" gets in the way, it is easy to forget the simple expressions of love which can be shared every day. Taking a few moments to let your loved one know how you feel can help spark that Valentine's Day feeling again and again. Communication is one of the primary foundational blocks in any relationship, and while your mate may know you love him or her, saying so can mean a lot.

"I love you" written in sandCredit: Leigh Goessl/All rights reserved

Leigh Goessl/All rights reserved

Take Time to 'Date' Each Other

Valentine's Day isn't the only day of the year couples can go out on a date with one another. And the date doesn't have to be extravagant, just some time set aside to spend together one-on-one with no outside interruptions. The time should be spent doing something you both enjoy and can share in one another's company. The date can be a movie, special dinner or eve a nice walk in the park. Many experts recommend a routine "date night" to keep the fires burning. 1

If you have little ones and aren't really able to get away for that special "alone time", you can set the environment in your home. Make a date to spend the night chatting on the porch after the kids are asleep, have a late cozy dinner for two or simply curl up and watch a movie together. With a little thought, even married people can continue to "date" one another to keep the spark going. 

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Talking on a routine basis is important in any relationship.

Surprise Gifts

Give your loved one a single red rose as a surprise on an ordinary day. A simple rose is a great way to convey your love and a thoughtful way to express it. For instance, you can write a love note, song or poem and tuck in someplace your mate is bound to find it. You can place it in a lunch bag, on a pillow, in a briefcase, or if you're more into technology you can simply send an "I love you" email or text on occasion to tell your sweetie how you feel and let them know you are thinking about them at that moment.

These are only a handful of ideas. PsychCentral suggests some other ways to keep love going throughout the year include planning a dream vacation, doing chores together, spending 30 minutes a day just "talking", or taking a class together. 2 A biggie the site recommends is to give up grudges. Carrying grudges can go a long way to damaging a relationship.

Keeping the sentiments of Valentine's Day alive throughout the year doesn't have to be time-consuming or even a hard thing to do. After all, it is the small expressions of love and acts of kindness that will be thoughtfully, and probably most, remembered. Making time for one another can help keep the passions of Valentine's Day flowing throughout the rest of the year. For married couples, it is important to stay connected.

Just remember, being "connected' is not keeping the gadgets on at all times. Yes, sometimes it is necessary, but there are those times it can be shut off or at least tucked away and left on only in the event of an emergency or if the babysitter might call. It always shocks me when I'm out and see couples on dates and one or both partners are staring into a gadget. In the long-term this can help ruin a relationship. Turn 'em off on specially planned nights or dates.

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