He lets me know I'm appreciated.
With everything going on in our lives, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and lose sight of the little things that mean so much. My husband works hard, he doesn't have to tell me thank you every night that I cook dinner. He doesn't have to tell me thank you when I do something special for him. He doesn't have to, but he does it anyway.
Every night, whether I cook dinner, or bring home take-away, he tells me thank you. His exact words are usually, "thank you for dinner, sweetheart, it was delicious." He doesn't have to say it, but do you know how good I feel when he does? I feel appreciated, even when I don't feel I did anything to deserve it, like getting take-away, instead of cooking.
This might seem odd, but he thanks me after we've had sex. Seriously, I usually tell him I'm the one who should be doing the thanking, but he lets me know how grateful he is to have me. At first, it weirded me out a little, but now it's one of the things I love about him.
He doesn't take me for granted. He tells me he doesn't ever want me to feel like he takes for granted everything I do. Every now and then, for no reason at all, he'll wrap me up in his arms and just tell me he appreciates me.
I love my husband because he appreciates me, but he doesn't just let me feel like I'm appreciated, he TELLS me I'm appreciated, and he makes an effort to do it often and with sincerity.
Tell your loved one you appreciate them.