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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day; Really

Are you ready for Valentine's Day tomorrow? Will you be spending the average $116 per person on the holiday trying to tell your loved one that you care? Hopefully your loved one doesn’t need a bunch of flowers or gifts on this holiday. Retailers are of course ecstatic that the average spending has increased this year, and that the recession seems to be over. They are very excited that you are going to pay three times the normal price for flowers and candy. And the teddy bear? Forget about it. Unless you are still 9 years old, do you really want a teddy bear? Are you ready for another holiday already that needs a big chunk of your wallet or worse, your credit card? Has your bank account recovered from Christmas yet?

Ok, unless you think I am just a real buzz kill for the 'love holiday', I'm not. I am trying to call your attention to the fact that you don’t need to spend a lot (or anything) to tell someone you love them. You can tell them, or write it down for them. And you don’t have to wait for the calendar to be flipped to the middle of February to do that.

You can, and should tell someone you love, that you love them regularly. Do something nice for them, like pick up their dirty laundry, refill their glass of water or sit and watch what they want to watch on tv. Learn their love language so you know how they feel loved. Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages says they are: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. One key is that how you feel loved is not always the same as how your special someone feels loved. Yes, you might have to ask them, but then you will know.

Take a few minutes and find out how they feel loved, and then you can save $116 tomorrow.

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