MAN Magazine Summer 2019

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HEALTHY LIVING

HAPPY

US

Ignite that spark back

into your relationship this

Summer

A

s human’s, it’s only natural

that we address the concept

of ‘Happiness’... And this is

becoming a more common

theme in our day-to-day lives... We’ve all

had sad feelings, negative emotions and

challenging times, but living in the pursuit

of happiness can be unhealthy too...

always thriving for items, or experiences we

haven’t had, with many of us living by the

unachievable mantra of, “If I had this or that,

I’d be happy...”

One of the areas of our lives where we

often struggle to gain that ‘happy’ is in our

relationships. Why? Well, we place much

expectation on ourselves and on our partners

– trying to live up to that lustful passion

that we experienced at the start of our

relationship, but never quite getting there...

Here are 5 top tips on how you can

inject more ‘happiness’ into your

relationship:

1.

Smile - simple! Smile at yourself

in the mirror to boost self-like

and confidence, and smile at

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your partner too. It’s

amazing the impact

of a smile. Neuroscientific

research

shows that our brains cannot

differentiate between fake smiles and

real smiles, and so we ‘think’ we are

happy when our face moves

in the smiling expression, and

as a result positive and happy

connections are made in the

brain. Many couples admit

that they smile less at each other the

longer they’ve been in a relationship, and

couples also admit that they find their

partner’s smile sexy.

2.

Laugh - with your partner, not at

your partner! Watch a romantic

comedy together, and reminisce

about funny shared experiences. Sure, It’s

okay to have banter with your significant

other – but you may want to save the

bloke jokes for your mates.

3.

Having sex with your partner

not only reinforces your physical

bond and emotional energy,

but also releases positive chemicals in the

brain, which make you satisfied on all

levels. It is worth ensuring that both you

and your partner reach climatic heights,

or one of you may feel more

frustrated or resentful than

contented. So, communicate and

pay attention to each other’s needs.

Create new memories

together... Go for a bike

4. ride, or on an adventure,

perhaps grab a last-minute break

away, or go to the movies. Have

a date night, hold hands too, and

you’re likely to be doing tips 1

through to 3 as well as tip

4. Bonus!

5.

Be spontaneous,

and make

decisions to do

things outside of the normal

routine. This could be as

small as going for a morning

walk, or something random

like jumping on a bus and

seeing where you both end

up, just remember your bus

fare home.

COUPLES ALSO

ADMIT THAT

THEY FIND THEIR

PARTNER’S

SMILE SEXY

One last thing to remember is that

happiness is just a word; a concept

– yes, it is there for us to use in

order to describe a feeling, but

sometimes it is easier to just feel and

experience, rather than labelling

it... strip away that expectation and

enjoy the shared moments. A great

book to read on this very subject

is ‘Happy As...’ by Lisa Portolan,

available on Amazon.

Article by J P Martin

MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019

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