Showing Affection All Year ‘Round

Valentine’s Day is something many people have looked forward to ever since elementary school. Scooby-Doo cards dropped into your paper bag, decorating to your heart’s content… that one time of year always gave me a certain pleasure. I don’t know about anyone else, but if size ever mattered to me more than it does now, it was when I got a bigger Valentine’s Day card from my crush than anyone else did! These days though, it can be hard to show the same kind of affection a big Scooby-Doo card can demonstrate. However, difficulty does not excuse delivery. Here are some ways you can show affection to your partner, even if it isn’t February 14th.

Handwritten Notes

Despite the simplicity, there is something special about finding a handwritten love note from your partner. It doesn’t have to be a mushy, puke-inducing, heart melter; a simple “Have a great day today, thinking of you,” or “I love you,” is enough to evoke a smile. It has more significance than a text message or a Facebook post ever will have.

Old School Dates

When was the last time you were asked (or asked someone) out on a date the old fashioned way? I don’t mean a text saying “Hey, wanna hang out later?” I mean the real deal. Ask in person, “Can I take you out on a date this week?” It may seem nit-picky, but semantic and romantic don’t just conveniently rhyme: they go hand in hand.

Questions, Questions, Questions

Never stop getting to know each other. One of the best ways to learn about one another is through asking questions. There is no such thing as knowing every single thing about a person; new things happen every day. Never make assumptions when it concerns your significant other, unless of course you’re assuming your partner wants a back massage or a foot rub, in which case the answer will almost always be yes.

It’s the Thought That Counts

As fellow students are able to understand the feeling of being poor, gifts can be a touchy subject. But gifts do not have to cost money- DIY is especially cute! Something as simple as a flower picked from the side of the road can be just as sweet. Meal hall will also provide some decent baked goods that will look nice in a pretty box, no one has to know you didn’t bake!

Put Aside Time for One Another, Outside of Valentine’s Day

Sometimes people get wrapped up in the idea of Valentine’s Day and strive for that day on the calendar to be absolutely perfect. What should always be kept in mind is that it doesn’t so much matter what you do as a couple so long as you do it together. Time spent enjoying each other is never time wasted, and even though February 14th is the time slot allotted to show your love and appreciation for someone, a partnership should always count for more than one day out of the year.