Maybe it's the fact that every single person in our office is in a longterm relationship (and the fact that 30% of our office is engaged! really!), but we talk about love languages a lot in this office. Emily's, for example, is Words of Affirmation while mine, according to this quiz at least, is a three-way tie between Quality Time, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch... so everything is important to me? If pressed, I would say my 'love language' boils down to the small, daily things Jonah and I do for each other each day (this post recently made me laugh, it's so true!). And there's one simple thing in particular that reminds me how much I'm loved every single day:
Jonah and I rarely text during the day while we're at work, but every afternoon, I receive an email from him. The subject line is always Links (or variations that have included, Linkies! Linksters! Linkzzz!), and includes a roundup of movie trailers, recipes, songs, and articles he knows I'll love. Usually, it will include as many as eight links, but other times it's just one or two—but it feels like a gift each time I receive it, for a few reasons: It's a perfect afternoon break from work, it lets me know he's been thinking of me and helps me enormously with my job, which involves so much discovery (he's been the mastermind behind many of my List finds). The most touching links are those that reference something I mentioned off-hand months earlier, like a listing to a house I once said I liked during a neighborhood walk, a new song by an artist I loved when we first met, or even visually appealing cat furniture and human furniture. It also helps that he actually reads Eater every single day, so he's the first person to tell me about any new restaurant opening in L.A. (which, really, could be its own love language...).
Oftentimes, the first thing I say when I meet him after work is a reference to a link he sent me. How did you find out about that cool startup? How hilarious is the Cats trailer? Should we make that roast chicken recipe for dinner tonight?? It connects us during the day and makes me even more excited to catch up with him after work.
I'd love to hear: What's a small thing you or your S.O. does to brighten their day?