James Bauer’s Texting Tip of the Week

“You have my permission to __________.”

This phrase allows you to ask for what you want more directly while framing it in a way that is light and whimsical.

Examples:

“You have my permission to surprise me after work if planning date ideas is fun for you.”

“You have my permission to take me to a movie this weekend—as long as a shared bucket of popcorn is included in the plan.”

“You have my permission to talk about the stress you’re ex has been putting on you.”