Try These Cute Ways To Say Goodnight To Your Loved Ones
By: Stephanie Kirby
Updated May 06, 2021
Medically Reviewed By: Lauren Guilbeault
Saying goodnight is a ritual that reinforces the bond you have with those you love. And whether they are at home with you or somewhere else, you can remind them how you feel with cute ways to say goodnight. You may prefer to say goodnight in a different way each night or choose just a few of these ways to use every night. Either way, it's the ritual of sharing in the last moments of the day that strengthens your bond.
Cute Ways To Say Goodnight To Your Romantic Partner
Give A Massage
Touch is a powerful bonding tool. Many people love a massage from their partner, and it is a relaxing way to prepare for bed. If one of you isn't into giving or receiving massages, you can also try stroking or brushing your partner's hair before bed or cuddling. Anything that involves a loving touch makes a nice way to say goodnight and shows that you care.
Touch, in fact, has deep scientific and biological roots. According to neuroscientist Edmund Rolls, touch activates the part of the brain that is linked to feelings of reward and compassion. In addition to signaling safety and trust, touch has many other physical effects on the body: it calms the cardiovascular stress and can trigger the release of oxytocin, which plays a role in social bonding and is also sometimes known as the “love hormone.”
In one study, participants who were in an fMRI brain scanner were blasted with a loud white noise. They responded by showing signs of stress and threat. However, those who had a romantic partner stroking their arm while this happened didn’t show the same response. Touch therapies are also a very real thing. Some people who may benefit from those are people with Alzheimer’s, pregnant women, and perhaps even those with autism.
So, while touch may seem like a simple gesture, it is one of the foundational ways that we as human beings can connect with and appreciate one another.
Tell Them Why You Appreciate Them
Showing gratitude to your partner is a wonderful way to tell them goodnight. Expressing such lets them know that you have been thinking about them throughout the day and actually pay attention to the things they do for you. It can be as simple as saying, "Thank you for picking up avocados on your way home. I appreciate you."
It could also be helpful to express your appreciation in your partner’s love language. These include acts of service, physical touch, quality time, gifts, and words of affirmation. If you’re saying goodnight, your action will be simple, but, for example, if you’re expressing gratitude to your partner, you can pair the actual words with a hug or perhaps draw a bath for them.
If you want to make sure that you’re appreciating your partner more, you could keep a list throughout the day, perhaps either sharing that with your partner at the end of the day or thanking them for a few items on the list. You can consider what you’re proud of them for, how they made you happy, why you’re attracted to them, or just general emotions you may feel toward them throughout the day. This technique may also help be more appreciative of your partner overall. You and your partner may even keep a shared journal as a way of continually expressing appreciation for one another.
Send A Text Message
If you can't be at home with your romantic partner or you don't live together, it's still just as important to have a bedtime ritual to say goodnight. When you and your partner are in separate places, always send a goodnight text. You don't have to overcomplicate it. Tell them you love them and wish them sweet dreams.
There are a lot of opinions out there about how often you should be sending a goodnight text and whether or not you should be sending one every day. Don’t worry about that either. Find what feels comfortable and natural for your relationship and your partner and go forward from there. That’s true even when you’re in long-distance relationship.
Cute Ways To Say Goodnight To Your Kids
Read A Bedtime Story
Bedtime stories have a long tradition as a way for parents to bond with children at bedtime. Children often love story time before bed because they know they are getting their parent's full attention during this time. And your attention is something they miss while at school or childcare or even during the busy evenings when you're preparing dinner.
There are so many wonderful benefits to reading to your children, both in terms of your relationship with them but also in terms of their development as people. Reading to children helps in their social, emotional, and character development. One study linked reading to decreased levels of aggression, hyperactivity, and attention difficulties.
The author of the same study included that was in part because children learned to express their feelings better, which is important for all of us as humans. Being able to express our emotions helps us to connect with others better, feel in control of ourselves, and to feel less emotional because we are processing our emotions in a healthy fashion.
As the PBS article linked above pointed out, you can also use bedtime stories as a way to share information about yourself or your family with your child so they can create connections between what you’re reading about and the world around them.
Sing A Song
Having a special song helps many parents and children to bond. Especially for young children, the sound of your voice is soothing. The nice thing about a special song is that your child may even choose to pass it down to their own children in the future.
Singing to children, especially young children, can also help in their development and by assisting them to think in words and grow their vocabulary.
Relieve Their Fears
Children go through various phases where a fear, whether rational or irrational, makes it difficult for them to drift to sleep. Or it causes them to wake with nightmares. You can create a ritual that helps to remind them that their fear won't come true. For instance, if your child is afraid of monsters getting in through the window or closet, label a bottle of water or vinegar as "Monster Repellent." Spray it wherever your child thinks monsters might creep in. Even if it seems silly, it can help young kids feel relaxed.
Ask Them Questions
Asking your children about their favorite part of their day can help reflect on their positive experiences and help with recalling information. Asking them what they are excited for in preparation for the following day or week can help to end the day on a good note and get them excited and prepared for what is to come.
Strengthening the relationships in your life is an important priority. When you feel your bond being tested, a family or couples therapist can help mediate.
We often hear that therapy is only intended for people with mental illnesses, but that’s not true. In fact, Forbes ran an article on ways that therapy can help anyone in their day-to-day life. Many of those benefits will help strengthen a relationship, including gaining new perspectives on other people, being able to problem-solve and deal with future problems better, and likely being able to pass all this knowledge onto other people, including your children. Overall, 75 percent of people who gave talk therapy a try gained something beneficial. Online therapy, when you’re working with a common type of talk therapy and not a severe issue, is also likely to be just as effective as a therapy session in a traditional office.
If you’re not certain if online therapy is the right fit for you, here are some other gains to consider. If you have a busy schedule, or both you and your partner have busy schedules, online therapy might be a good option for you because it’s more flexible. There’s no rigid scheduling and running to an office. You can reach out to your counselor from anywhere you feel comfortable as long you have a reliable, secure internet connection. In addition, online therapy also tends to be more affordable than traditional therapy.
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