Gratitude: The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. - Oxford Dictionary
Expressing gratitude for our partner is one of the greatest gifts we can give them, and research tells us that relationships where gratitude is expressed frequently and genuinely are some of the strongest. To connect with more intentionally with your partner, register for Seven Circles today.
5 W’s to Expressing Gratitude:
- Who: your partner, of course! Think about other people you care about, too. Times are tough these days so reach out to your friend who could benefit from an extra boost. Spread the gratitude.
- What: Give the “what” a lot of thought. What have you done for your partner when you really felt the love afterwards? You probably have heard how everyone has a different love language. Your partner might like a surprise gift or a random, warm hug. Maybe you meal-prep all their lunches for the week, write down the things you love about them and share a notebook filled with these messages, or you ask to have a technology-free weekend together. Once you consider your partner’s different love languages, make a list of things you can do for them so you can refer back to it over time.
- When: make random days meaningful days. Think about how great it feels to receive something when it is not a holiday - make that happen for your partner. Consider sprinkling gratitude in when you’re feeling connected already and when you’re feeling less connected.
- Where: Literally anywhere. Think of places that are special to you and places that are more mundane that you can make special through your gratitude practice.
- Why: LOVE. Not only will your partner feel better, but you will, too. There is a closeness that comes when gratitude is expressed and both partners benefit. A true win-win.
Showing your appreciation for your partner, friend, or loved one is always important. Learn more about how Seven Circles empowers Jewish couples to maintain long-term healthy and fulfilling relationships through an interactive exploration of values, skill-building, and love.