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Here's how to actually buy your husband happiness this Valentine's Day

Posted February 14

Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy him the perfect gift that would make him happy, create a lasting memory and result in his long-term satisfaction? You can!

Scientific studies and research prove that buying an experience will make you a happier, more satisfied person. The instant gratification when buying an object lasts for a fleeting moment - then it’s gone. This Valentine’s Day, try buying a priceless experience. Here are 18 ideas to get you started:

1. Attend a professional production

Broadway musicals, plays or a concert of his favorite band will be a unique, irreplaceable experience. Those types of moments can never be perfectly duplicated.

2. Buy a plane ticket

Even if you can’t afford an extravagant trip to another country, find the cheapest ticket no matter the destination. Make it a fun adventure.

3. Hotel getaway

Book a nearby bed & breakfast or an exotic themed hotel room. It will give you different scenery for your intimate evening.

4. Kidnap him for the day and surprise him with all of his favorite things

Involve his boss to excuse him from work for the day. Take him to his favorite restaurant, watch his favorite movie, take him shopping at his favorite store or take part in his favorite hobby.

5. Bike ride around town

Work off all of those Valentine chocolates with a romantic tandem joy ride.

6. Couples massage

Take time to unwind and relax together. By the end you will feel rejuvenated (and ready for romance).

7. Buy a telescope and learn to find constellations

Set up a picnic and blanket for your stargazing adventure.

8. Write love letters to each other

Try writing your deep feelings for your funny Valentine the old-fashioned way - by hand.

9. Perfectly time a kiss on top of a ferris wheel at sunset

This would also be a perfect picture moment to print to represent your love.

10. Take a dance lesson

Experience the flirtatious cha-cha, steamy tango or sentimental foxtrot as you learn to move and work together.

11. Find the silliest local attraction

The more ridiculous the better! Find something you can make a big deal about. This will be a memory you laugh about later.

12. Recreate your first date

Cheesy pickup lines and all.

13. Make a time capsule

Write letters to yourself and your spouse, set goals, include pictures or a memento of something you’ve done together (like movie ticket stubs), and place them in a box to bury. Set a date to open the capsule.

14. Road trip

Grab the road map and plan a visit to a tourist attraction, amusement park, national park or a spot with special memories from the past. It could be somewhere nearby that you’ve always wanted to visit or across country.

15. Tour of the best in your city

Decide on something you both enjoy. Then, tour around town and try the best places. For example, if you both like pizza, sample the best pizza places in town in one night.

16. Take a trip to see his family

Showing your interest in his family will mean the world to him. The memories you make with his family will strengthen your relationship with both him and his family.

17. Embrace the outdoors

Plan a close by hike ending at a romantically set up tent for a night in the woods. If it’s too cold, set up a tent or blanket fort in your living room.

18. Start a Q&A book

Take turns answering the questions in a question-and-answer journal. In years it will be so fun to look back over the answers.

19. Hot air balloon

What is more romantic than flying up, up and away into the sky with your love?

“Happiness is not some fleeting, positive emotion we experience in the moment,” said Ryan Howell, Associate Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University.

Studies show experiences are what truly bring enjoyment and fulfillment into people’s lives. Share those resulting memories from experiences with the love of your life this Valentine’s Day and for the rest of forever.

Kristina Tieken is a publics relations specialist with a love for the fine arts, food and exercise. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

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