Just ask Ellen Greene, author of Remember The Sweet Things: One List, Two Lives, And Twenty Years Of Marriage (William Morrow).
For 20 years, Greene kept a running list of the thoughtful things her late husband, Marsh, did and said, and shared the secret list with him every Valentines Day (Feb. 14).
Her list which filled up 110 pages toward the end of her hubbys life included everything from Marsh noticing her outfit or making her soup, to him attempting to sing to her in garbled Chinese when they lived in Shanghai.
Greene says the list helped her keep things in perspective during their marriage and made her appreciate caring gestures.
She says the key to a happy union is training oneself to notice the little things, instead of always looking for grand displays of affection.
She admits that the list originally started as a tab of all the bad things her husband did, but he was so kind, she had to quickly shift tactics.
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