Thursday, March 31, 2011

Have You Told Them Lately?

"Have I told you lately that I love you?  Have I told you there's no one else above you? 

Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness.  Ease my troubles, that's what you do."

Recorded by:  Rod Stewart       Written By: Van Morrison

What Have You Said Lately?

Those closest to our hearts can often be the ones we most often fail to tell what joy, inspiration, support, peace or understanding they provide in our life. We often assume they know how much we love them or how important they are to us.

The old saying, "Actions speak louder than words", is definitely true. We've all seen the people who publicly show affection and are always saying how much they love each other. Some of these same people are the ones who are forever arguing or whose relationship ends in a bitter divorce. So, I agree that words alone don't always tell the entire relationship story.

Despite this, people still enjoy hearing someone say they value, admire, appreciate or love them, and truly mean it. "People who feel loved, or when it's reciprocated, live longer, are happier, have better health and make more money," says Glen Jenson, Utah State University Family and Human Development professor and extension specialist.

Not only do people who feel loved have a better life expectancy, but when people experience relationships with other people, they are often experiencing a healthy lifestyle.  "To have someone who cares for you and loves you, you feel more encouraged," Jenson said.

Speak Up and Touch a Heart

Have you told someone lately that you love them? Have you told someone they fill your heart with gladness? Who inspires you to be a better person? Who is always there to give sound advice and support? Take the time to tell them and show them how much they mean to you. Don't put it off.  Make it one of the most important things on your "to do" list today.