Few things are more enticing than chocolate — especially around Valentine's Day. But the sweetness fades and the residual calories remain. Give your sweetheart something different this year. What's better than chocolate you ask? How about something from the heart.Be your spouse's chocolate substituteA friend recently asked me to write "a prescription" for her husband to provide more of a certain loving behavior to help her stop eating chocolate so much. I promptly wrote out the prescription on a napkin and handed it to her with a smile. The husband later told me he was happy to oblige. I started calling him her chocolate substitute!If we are honest with ourselves we can probably all think of something that we know our spouse would love to receive. We may need to sit and ponder for a moment, but I imagine there's something you know you can do to strengthen your connection with your spouse. These from-the-heart gifts may require you to stretch a bit, but that's what real love is all about anyway.Gift ideasTo give a gift from the heart — one that's better than chocolates — requires thinking outside of the box. This is no one-size-fits-all Valentine's Day gift. What can you do to be your spouse's chocolate substitute? Maybe your gift would be:
- Getting the babysitter for date night.
- Holding his hand more often.
- Tackling the garage that he's been wanting to de-clutter.
- Initiating intimate time together.
- Writing a heart-felt letter of adoration and appreciation.
- Kissing him/her more often when he/she gets home from work.
- Sharing a dream you have for the future.
- Fixing the sink that's been broken for weeks.
- Packing his lunch for him.
- Responding to your spouse on a heated topic with patience and a desire
to see their perspective instead of resorting to anger or the silent
- Saying the words, "I love you," even if it's hard for you.