"The question is,
'What is a simple pleasure [such as going out to lunch] that
brings your partner joy really worth?' To us, the answer has
always been, 'It's worth a great deal.' Whether you have to give
up a little money, some time, a preference, or a little convenience,
it's usually worth it to make a sacrifice in your partner's behalf.
A genuinely contented partner contributes to a happy and satisfying
--Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love
If you think romantic dates have to cost an arm and a leg then you obviously haven't been on any of these creative and fun dates. ...
"Whenever we think
more about what we don't have or can't do than about what we
do have or can do, we create a gap between what we have and what
we want. So often, this gap is the source of a great deal of
stress. You can eliminate this source of stress by making the
decision to stop using a lack of money to justify your unhappiness
or boredom. This doesn't mean that you don't want or deserve
more--or that you shouldn't try to get more. It merely suggests
that, in the meantime, you enjoy as much as possible that which
you already have."
--Don't Sweat the Small Stuff with Your Family