What’s your favorite relationship ingredient?
All the ingredients you mentioned are important, as are all the others listed above, and the one no one has mentioned (perhaps for social reasons) is sex – very important from a male perspective (that chemical drive can be very strong in the male brain).
And making the effort to look for the great things in our partner, as we are all sufficiently complex that we have vast distributions of attributes from the abominable to the great, with all shades in between, and it is all too easy to focus on the undesirable and ignore the rest. Being active in seeing the entire spectrum, and focusing one’s words on the positive end of that spectrum, seems to be important.
And here in NZ it has been Valentine’s day for over 8 hours, with many words and acts of love and appreciation exchanged between Ailsa and I.
Arohanui to you and Len