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Small Acts of Love Build Strong Relationships

As the years go by, my husband and I grow closer together. Small acts of love can builds stronger and healthier relationships.
Small Acts of Love Build Strong RelationshipsOver the last several years my husband has gravitated more and more to the kitchen. He’s always had his specialties. He makes an excellent cornbread dressing that he’s perfected over the years using a family recipe passed down through generations of his Southern family.

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But lately, he has been honing his skills in muffin making. In fact, my daughter and I call him the “muffin man.” He likes to experiment with different ingredients and has the ability to turn out masterful muffins.

Small Acts of Love Build Strong Relationships

Small Acts Of Love Build Strong Relationships

Neither my daughter nor I particularly like breakfast foods, so muffins are pretty much staple fare for us. She eats her’s pared down, while I like mine made with oatmeal and virgin coconut oil. This morning I woke up to find a kitchen counter dressed with a dozen freshly baked muffins. Even though his bags were packed to leave for a business trip in a few hours, he didn’t want us to run out while he was gone.

Those muffins have become a labor of love. Seeing my 6’1″ husband baking in the kitchen with a towel slung over his shoulder as he hums a tune under his breath just gives me a case of the warm fuzzies. Oh yes, love is in the little things! Don’t get me wrong. I like the grand gestures too, but something about those muffins speaks love to me in a way that makes me feel nurtured, cared for and important.

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Small acts of love build strong relationships. Essentially, small acts of love build a sense of trust and validation. The best illustration I have heard on this concept is the love bank. Banks are useful institutions that allow us to deposit and withdraw our money at will. Generally, we regard banks to be safe places. We trust them to guard and protect our money.

Now, let’s compare the two primary bank functions, deposit and witdrawal, to relationships. In this scenario, smaller acts of love represent deposits. Every time you extend yourself in some small way in a relationship, you make a deposit to the love bank. Every time my husband bakes those muffins or when I take the time to proofread one of his emails, we are making investments or deposits into each other’s love bank.

Now, we all know that relationships are hard work. Sometimes, our love is tried and tested. He comes home late without calling to let you know; you are too wrapped up in your television show to listen to his account of an awful business call; he forgets to pick up the milk after three texts to remind him and the list goes on. All of these instances represent withdrawals from the love bank.

Ah, herein lies the beauty of small love acts. As long as your account stays flush in love, your relationship stays strong. Why? Because there is enough love stored up to absorb the hurt and move on. The relationship only starts to suffer when the account is overdrawn; when there have not been enough love deposits.

It is always surprising when I see a couple call it quits after years of marriage. But, it’s not hard to see how it happens. Generally, young couples have read or heard enough stories to know that marriage is not easy; that it takes hard work and commitment to make it last.

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But, something can happen with seasoned relationships. You both get so comfortable with each other that you figure your spouse knows how you feel, so what is the point of going the extra mile. Still, consistent, inevitable withdrawals occur when two separate people share life. However, without regular deposits of love, even small withdrawals can eventually erode the core of the relationship from the inside out until eventually, only the shell remains.

Small Acts You Can Start Today

But there is good news! It is never too late to start depositing into the love bank. Here are some suggestions of places to start:

  • Compliment their appearance in a specific targeted way. (I like that color on you. It really brings out the color of your eyes.)
  • Tell them that you like it when they do a specific thing for you. (It is really considerate of you to scrape the windshield in the mornings. I know it’s freezing out there.)
  • Take notice  of their accomplishments, big and small. (You did a great job making that call to the internet company. You know how to get things done.)
  • Point out their strengths. ( You would be perfect for that position because you…)
  • Brag about them in public. (Let them hear you telling someone else about something they’ve done.)
  • Compliment them on how they interact with your kids. (You do so great with her. You seem to be able to relate with her better on that issue than I do.)
  • Build them up in front of your kids. (It’s ok to say they know more about something than you do.)
  • Give them opportunities to be indispensable, even if you could eventually do it yourself. (It’s hard to live with an island.)

I could go on and on with this list, but it’s a good starting point. If you have been doing these things all along, your marriage is likely stronger than ever. If your love bank has long run dry, then it’s time to start making some deposits. Oh, and don’t worry if the deposits are only one-sided at first. When a person feels the love, they often respond in kind.

Feel free to comment and add to the list of small love acts. Also, you can really share the love with me by subscribing to this site with your email address or sharing this article, or both!

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13 Comments

  1. Carrie says:

    Happy Friday!

    You’ve probably already done this, but I’m dropping in to #TheocentricThursday participants this week and leaving links to who they are supposed to comment on this week to make sure everyone understands how it works. It works best for the host’s record-keeping if everyone clicks the links on the actual blog hop, but when it comes right down to it, we’re more concerned with everyone receiving at least two comments per week! Entrants are only eligible for featured post status if they follow the rules of reading commenting on the two posts they are assigned.

    Your posts this week are:
    #14 http://www.inlinkz.com/displayurl.php?id=24045234
    and
    #15 http://www.inlinkz.com/displayurl.php?id=24045452

    Please let me know if you have any questions!
    Blessings,
    Carrie Ann Tripp

  2. Great post. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing this to our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

    • [email protected] says:

      Thanks Lou Lou Girls!

  3. Kelly Deal says:

    Wonderful article! Thank you!

    • [email protected] says:

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Kelly!

  4. Sarah-Ann says:

    Hey lady, great post! I couldn’t agree with you more. Thanks for co-hosting WW. Have a great weekend

    • [email protected] says:

      Thanks Sarah!

  5. Every relationship can benefit from those tips! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

    • [email protected] says:

      Thanks!

  6. Christine says:

    Wonderful post, Shellie! There are days when both my husband and I feel we have given to the point where we can’t give anymore, but your pointers show how easy a kind word, or gentle gesture have such a positive impact. Thank you for sharing. It’s a pleasure co-hosting #OhMyHeartsieGirlWW with you!

    • [email protected] says:

      Thanks Christine!

  7. I know this post particularly addresses romantic relationships, but this was a very advice for me in getting along with my mother. We’re both experiencing an ‘overdraft’ in our accounts lately, and I need to use some of you pointers to build up that love and trust again. Thank you so much for this timely post!

    • [email protected] says:

      Liz, I am so glad it came at the right time for you!

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