And THAT reminded me of the "I Love You Today" game in my family. The game is simple: whomever says "I love you today" first, wins. That's the whole game.
A long time ago when my wife was my girlfriend and we were LIVING IN SIN, a tradition was born. I'd like to now share it with you all.
I came home from work one day and found her in front of the computer. I said "Hello," and she barely grunted back. I don't even think she looked up.
Half-jokingly I responded, "Okay, we're gonna try this again." I walked out the front door and came back in a few moments later...
"STEVIE'S HOME, STEVIE'S HOME!!! YAY!!!" was the new over-the-top cheer I was greeted with. It was accompanied by a hug and kisses. And I loved it.
What began as a joke quickly became an ongoing practice that continues to this day in our house: The person who is home first must make a small fuss when the other person gets there.
Does it sound silly? Yes. Do I promise that it will set the tone for a nicer evening just about every time you do it? Yes.
The world is full of douchebags, guys. Take 3 seconds out of your precious day to make a fuss over each other. Do it like you mean it. Do it as a goof. Just do it a lot.
I'm promise you'll be glad you did.
Well, actually that's not all, as there are variations. "I love you this year" for example, but that doesn't come up too often. ^_^
While playing it every day is the goal, if you run into someone you haven't seen for a while (that you play the game with), it's fun working it into the conversation before they remember.
A: Oh, guess what?You can add variations of the rules (no saying it right after midnight, etc), but the real point is just to say "I love you" every day.
A: I love you today.
B: Damn it!
Is it cheesy? Yup. And silly, and kind of goofy. But, like Steve's tip, it does make a difference. ^_^
(Says the single guy...)