Morning tea ritual
Massachusetts resident and architectural designer Lily Piper Worth appreciates how her husband makes tea for her every morning. She’s a health-conscious person who enjoys yoga and acupuncture, so it’s a meaningful gesture. “He makes tea that includes local honey, a lemon, and hot water in a BPA-free bottle he bought me,” she says. Lisa Bahar, MA, a licensed psychotherapist in Newport Beach, California, explains that small thoughtful gestures are “reassuring indicators that communicate commitment and love and most of all, respect.” Whether it’s putting dirty socks in the hamper instead of leaving them on the floor or getting gas for her car and anything in between, Bahar adds, “the cliché ‘the little things matter’ is true.” Here’s how to match your tea to your mood.
Putting toothpaste on the toothbrush
Oral hygiene may not be the first thing that comes to mind in the romance department, but for Misty Lister, a public relations account executive in South Carolina, it is. “The one thing that really fills my heart with joy is he prepares my toothbrush every morning, sometimes at lunch, and every night before bed,” she says of her partner. “He doesn’t ever say a word, nor do I. He just puts toothpaste on my toothbrush and leaves it on the edge of the sink for me to find whenever I’m ready. And it’s totally romantic because having a clean mouth means you’re very kissable!” Here are some ways to freshen your breath naturally.