Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Best Gift Ever" Response Guaranteed - Key to A Happy Marriage

best gift ever received
Looking for a great gift idea?  I personally just gave it to my husband who proclaimed it to be the "sweetest gift he's ever received."  And the best part is, it has the great side benefit of changing your own life.  Results include increased happiness, more romance, a healthier relationship, and overall greater satisfaction.  Who can argue with that?

It cannot get any simpler.  Here are the instructions:

  1. Purchase or Make a Daily Journal (I started small and purchased a small $1 notebook at Staples.  You don't have to spend a lot of money).
  2. Write daily entries describing what he or she did that day that made you love them more or something they did that made you thankful.  Include fun details like what they are doing as you scribe your entry or just describe the day and where you are as you write this journal.  For example, instead of writing "Thanks for washing the dishes," spice it up by penning, "Right now I'm writing you and pretending to watch TV, while you wash the dishes.  Dinner was so delicious and that joke you made about ____ was hilarious.  You always make me laugh.  That is one of the many reasons I love you."
  3. Finish the journal (I purchased a small pocket book that took about 2 months to fill up).  Feel free to start small.
  4. Wrap it up and Present your HEARTFELT JOURNAL to your lucky recipient.  Don't forget to describe the reason behind it.  Below is a picture of the one I gave my husband.  You can see I wrote on the inside cover to make it easy.
best gift ever
So whether it's just because, or you are looking to put the spark back in your marriage, this exercise can be mutually rewarding.  Not only is it great for the recipient, but as the giver, I found it to be a truly fun and inspiring experience.  I got the idea after listening to an inspiring presentation by Darren Hardy at a conference this summer.  He challenged us to keep a daily journal of thanks.  He said that we would be amazed by the results.  Not only would we feel different but our partners would change as well.  We would find more romance, more happiness, and more fulfillment even though our partners would have no idea.  

I personally started looking for daily things to write about in my journal to my husband.  I did not want to be repetitive so it became a fun challenge to find something new to be thankful for in him.  And I think he felt my new found appreciation.  I became less critical because I was focused on the good.  I started to see him for the amazing man I fell in love with 7 years ago, and I believe that he subconsciously felt that and thus wanted to live up to it.  Keeping this journal was one of the best experiences of my life.

So, what do you think?  Will you be starting a journal for someone special?  If you do, I would love to hear how it goes.  I hope it is the best gift ever. 

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