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Enhance Your Life–10 Ways if You’re Coupled, 7 if You’re Single November 2, 2010

Posted by Onely in As If!.
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Here are 10 things you can do to enhance your life–if you’re coupled. If you’re single, you can only enhance your life 70 percent as much as a coupled person. This is according to a life-enhancement-activity list on Barton Goldsmith’s “Emotional Fitness” blog on Psychology Today,  where three of the ten items require a conventional romantic  partner.

In order to take the life-enhancing step of watching a sunset, you have to do it with a “mate” (and not the Australian kind). God forbid you should watch it by yourself or with a friend, ewwwww:

2.    Spend a little while watching the sunset with your mate. Nothing extra is necessary. Just sit and take in the natural  beauty of the sky and appreciate being able to share it with the one you love.

And if you want to write a thank-you note, it has to be to a mate. So your coworker Heimliched you at lunch when you were choking on that brussels sprout? First, thank your mate for picking his underwear out of the ficus this morning:

4.    Write a thank you note to your mate. When was the last time you thanked your partner for just being who he or she is and being with you? Doing this in writing will give your partner something to cherish for the rest of his or her life.

And if you want to go to bed ten minutes early, you have to do it with a mate:

8.    Go to bed with the one you love ten minutes earlier than usual. Then spend that time just holding each other. Let the feeling of warmth from your mate move through you.

(And enough with the word “mate”. What are we, lab rats? Walruses?) (more…)

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