Welcome to 30 Days Of Love, our one-month initiative to bring you closer to the love you deserve for Valentine's Day! This weekend to conclude our campaign, we're shining the spotlight on appreciation — and its role in a fulfilling relationship.
Sometimes it's the little things, like how he reminds you to leave at a certain time so you're not late, and other times it's something bigger, like how she made you into a more compassionate person, regardless being grateful for your partner and recognizing their good qualities is crucial to your relationship. And, the things you appreciate most about your partner are what make him or her unique — and your relationship so special.
We asked men and women of all ages to reveal what they appreciate most about your partner. See the 30 things below and add yours to the comments below.
1. "I think the thing I appreciate most is that even though he's not an outwardly "romantic" person. He does extremely thoughtful and wonderful things that to me are very romantic. The perfect gift that makes me go "AW" or a note or card that makes me cry. He doesn't want gifts or frivolous things at holidays, but he almost always surprises me with something wonderful." — Virginia, 50.
2. "What I appreciate about my partner is that he is 110 percent dedicated to the relationship. Through thick and thin, all the fights, he is still here and I know I can depend on him to be there for me." — Taylor, 23.
3. "Mine is a good father. He buys things for his daughter's needs without being asked and gives up his last for me and her." — Raenisha, 22.
4. "My fiancé is always putting me first, making sure I am taken care of before he worries about himself — scrapes snow/ice off my car in the morning even if he is running late, does all the dishes every night, and will rub my back when it hurts even when he's past exhausted. It's truly a wonderful feeling to have someone care so much about your happiness," Kate, 25.
5. "That he always makes me smile ... even when I'm super stressed and not pleasant to be around!" — Courtney, 26
6. "I appreciate the hugs and kisses I get every day when I come home from work." — Tim, 52.
7. "She's the most loving and caring person I know, and that instead of making me get up and go outside, she'd rather stay at home and watch movies and TV all day." — Sean, 23.
8. "I appreciate that he puts up with BS and still loves me no matter what." — Morgan, 22.
9. "His humor. He knows when to make me laugh when I'm sad or mad. It might seem small but in the long run it becomes larger than life." — Sarah, 21.
10. "I appreciate my husband because he keeps God and his family first in all he does." — Maria, 60.
11. "What I appreciate most is her ability to lighten my mood and make me smile. It's easy to get wrapped up in the stress of work and life, but having someone to remind you how to smile and have fun is great!" — Barry, 27.
12. "Relationships require change, whether it be good or bad, it happens. My partner accepts me for who I am, with that acceptance I am willing to change for the better." Adrian, 22.
13. "You asked me what I appreciate about my "partner" — well that's just the thing — she IS my partner … A partner is someone that gives of themselves in a relationship and adds something unique, their own flavor. She’s given me the motivation to live the best life I can and to BE the best man I can be– She literally made me want to be better so that I could take care of her and others. Because of her I’ve learned to be nurturing which candidly was not my nature. " — Joel, 34.
14. "He treats my sister like his sister and my grandparents like his grandparents." — Sarah, 26.
15. "He's an awesome father." — Jo Jay, Facebook
16. "He knows just what to say to make me laugh every time." — Lovelogica, Twitter
17. "I appreciate her everlasting love for me." — @LTEstyles, Twitter
18. "My late husband died for his family and country, he died a hero #armywidow #goldstarwife #missmyhusband #RIPSGTBGMcCoy" — @steelmagnolia01, Twitter
19. "Their thoughtfulness." — @E_Glo, Twitter
20. "The way he takes care of us as a family." — @veritasdub, Twitter
21. "Honesty." — @addanno29, Twitter
22. "He "lets" me write a blog that's 100 percent dedicated to making fun of him and sharing his quirks with the world! Actually he's one of my biggest supporters and I couldn't appreciate it more that he's able to truly laugh at himself (and us)!" — The Hubby Diaries, Facebook
23. "She's very understanding & fun." — Wangili Andy Seixes, Facebook
24. "Open communication. Always trying to be on the same wavelength." — Mahwash, 25.
25. "I like that my girlfriend is comfortable enough with herself to trust me and not ever act jealous or regretful when I'm busy and can't talk or hang out with her. It helps me trust her and makes our interaction so much more personal and mindful." — Jake, 26.
26. "I appreciate how he makes me dinner and will watch my favorite shows when I work late or I'm stressed." — Sarah, 26.
27. "He reminds me to leave at a certain time so I am not late." — Jessica, 33.
28. "How he lets my parents call him for asinine tech questions, like "how to hook up a router." Even though he probably doesn't know — he tries to help anyway." — Chrissy, 26.
29. "His genuine interest in my opinion." — Claire, 26.
30. "He always knows how to make me laugh, even if it means he has to embarrass himself." — Rachel, 28.
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