Old school dating terms

So don’t let outsiders run your relationships for you. So be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. As Anne Frank once said, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Whenever you can, go out of your way and do something nice and unexpected for the people in your life, especially those who are in no position to repay you anytime soon.

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Then the man got out of the car, walked around to the passenger side, opened the door for the woman, took her hand and helped her out of her seat, guided her about ten feet away from the car, and they slow danced to a song under the oak tree. This morning when I opened my laptop to write, the elderly couple immediately came to mind, and I spent a few minutes daydreaming about them, wondering how long they had been together and what their best relationship advice would be.

And just as I caught my mind wandering even farther off, a new email from a reader named Cory popped up.

So in honor of that beautiful elderly couple, and in service of Cory’s present relationship situation, here are eleven old fashioned habits we need to bring back into our relationships: Put down the smart phone, close the laptop and enjoy each other’s company, face to face, the old fashioned way. Not because it’s convenient to do so, but because you know each other are worth the extra effort.

There are few joys in life that equal a good conversation, a genuine laugh, a long walk, a friendly dance, or a big hug shared by two people who care about each other. One of the best feelings in the world is knowing your presence and absence both mean something to someone.

You see only the essence of the person, not the shell.

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