Re: Wife having an emotional affair. How to handle it?
While my wife does appreciate little gifts, I have come to learn that she appreciates things like acts of service and conversation more. She would rather sit and talk about the day and work on a project together than go out to the fanciest restaurant and receive jewelry. That doesn't mean she doesn't like those things every now and again, but on the whole, she feels more fulfilled when I am (and a big generalization coming here) "there for her."
That I didn't realize this before had a large role in why she felt our marriage was in bad shape yet I was oblivious. Knowing my wife, if I begged and pleaded, it would only make her push me further away. Also, since we aren't currently living together, it's more difficult at this point to gain time to spend with her. She is very distanced and guarded at this point, so I have to walk before I can run and just take baby steps toward showing her that I am the man that she wanted all along.