In the several thousand years that humans have lived on earth, we’re dramatically increased our life-expectancies. Theoretically, we get more time to spend with friends and family that we love. However, we’ve also seen an epidemic of busyness engulf us. We’re forgetting to live out the moments that are important. It’s sad when the only reminders of this are seen when we’re close to losing someone. How do we live lives where we can create moments that we remember forever? Here’s a list of amazing things that you can do for your loved ones, today. Why squander the time we get in a limited supply?

3 Simple But Amazing Things You Can Do For Your Loved Ones

3 Simple But Amazing Things You Can Do For Your Loved Ones

1. Get rid of excuses. You do have enough time.

Busy is not a status symbol. And it’s up to you to find time to spend with your loved ones. I’ve found it fascinating to work with colleagues who enter their “lunch time” as a calendar entry. Not to say that you need to add calendar entries for every single moment, but it’s the principle that you’re finding time on your own terms. You choose to take time out for yourself, and for your loved ones. You’re the boss of your own life. You get to set priorities and manage your day.

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. Rabindranath Tagore

2. Listen, Linda

It’s a joke but also a serious philosophy we follow at Everdays. We are somehow programed to respond when we’re listening. Instead, if we focused on intentionally listening to people, wouldn’t that be wonderful? Many communication training modules will ask one participant to not talk and just listen. And it’s hard. Try this once, and see what happens when your loved one feels heard and seen.

Meanwhile, see this 3 year old own listen Linda (even if it’s for an important cupcake)

3.  Be generous 

Generosity is a gift you offer those you love. There are times when people close to us behave in a manner that leaves us distraught. That’s all the more reason why we must make ourselves more approachable and love anyway.

Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.
– Khalil Gibran

Try doing something generous that you normally wouldn’t do for a week, and then see how you feel!

What are some things you’d do to make your loved ones feel more loved? Do share your stories with the community here at hello@everdays.com.