I love Valentine’s Day. It’s a day in which we pay tribute to those we love. A time to honor and cherish the special people in life we hold dear. Isn’t that wonderful reason for a holiday? I certainly think so.
Yet, I’d like to go one step further. Why not make each day a mini Valentine’s Day? Why wait until February 14th rolls around?
It’s said the happiest couples are those who spend a few minutes each day doing something which demonstrates gratitude for their partner. A tender touch, a compliment, a supportive comment, a thoughtful gesture.
It needn’t be expensive. Preparing a favorite dish for a loved one will delight and please.
It needn’t be time consuming. A compliment takes less than a minute. Not a day goes by that a person doesn’t do something noteworthy. Watch and you’ll see. Imagine a week of compliments. A month. A year. What a simple but effective way to boost esteem and make a person feel appreciated.
It needn’t be physically exhausting. A close body hug, done daily, anchors a relationship. A fifteen second hug triggers a chain of chemical reactions that produce wonderful sensations. The benefit is two-way. We feel nurtured.
I like to incorporate loving gestures in my stories. In the Truth series, widower Doyle Flanagan worries he might not have been the best of husbands. Thus, he makes a conscious effort to demonstrate, every day, how much he loves Cady Delafield. His efforts are modest though frequent, thoughtful and give great satisfaction to his lady love.
It’s true. A few simple gestures go a long way. Each day is an opportunity to cherish the special person in your life. And it’s a funny thing—the more positive attention you dole out, the more good stuff comes back. Honestly, it really works.
Enjoy Valentine’s Day. Be happy and love.
And a special thanks to Literary Lagniappe
Tainted in the eyes of Victorian society by his wife’s suicide, Doyle Flanagan turns a deaf ear to the baseless gossip and harsh rebukes. Ignoring his shattered reputation, he goes about his business, making money and enemies, and doing good works whenever his conscience gets the best of him. Arrested for murder, he is forced to rely on a feisty school administrator to solve the puzzle. As he struggles to prove his innocence, he realizes gaining the trust and loyalty of Cady Delafield may be more important than his freedom.
On a quest to locate a missing student, school matron Cady Delafield enters a stranger’s house and discovers the woman murdered. Driven to see the murderer brought to justice, she is determined to prevent any further tragedy even if it means joining forces with the very man accused of the atrocity. Against the wishes of her powerful family, she risks her job and reputation to learn the truth. But will the truth, once revealed, drive her away from the man she has come to love?
Passion and murder collide in 1880’s Chicago as they race to keep one step ahead of the police who want Doyle to pay for his crime. As the attraction between Cady and Doyle sizzles, they battle suspicions, lies and lethal actions to uncover the murderer before he destroys them both.
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Joyce grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health, she retired at a young age to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012. Her Truth series consists of A Deadly Truth and A Burning Truth. A Wicked Truth is due for publication in 2015. When she isn’t writing mysteries or historical romances, she loves to travel, walk, read, and do crossword puzzles. She makes her home in rural Minnesota in her very own little house on the prairie.
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