6 Ways to Keep Romance Alive

Is it really possible to keep the passion and romance alive after many years together?

Absolutely.   Giving each other a daily dose of—attention, appreciation and affection—these are factors in keeping any relationship alive with interest and desire.

1. Show your love in small ways.

Leave a love note on their pillow, in their purse, or book they’re reading. Bring home a special treat your partner will love. Text, call or email them to say, “I’m thinking of you.”  Write a list of all the reasons you love and appreciate them and whisper each one into their ear. Sometimes it’s the little gestures that make the biggest impression.

2. Shake things up. 

Break through the ho-hum barrier by doing something new together. Sharing activities of mutual interest is the glue that makes relationships work and creates happiness. Take a salsa lesson, rent rollerblades, go for a hike, rent a bicycle built for two.  It’s amazing what getting out of your normal routine will do for your love life.

3. Be generous with praise.

Say thank you, offer a hug, give a compliment, anything that communicates how you value and appreciate them. By accentuating the positive and what is good in each other, you feel grateful for the good things in your life.

4. Touch and embrace often.Close up of young loving couple holding hands. They are sitting at the table near a box of gift and a rose. They are drinking wine and eating dessert

Research shows that holding hands relieves stress and affectionate touch boosts the feel good hormones.  A simple hug each day is actually good for your health and wellbeing. Give your partner a 20 second kiss when they walk in the door or before they leave.

5. Create intimate time.

Nothing says love like spending quality alone time together. Try to get up one hour earlier and share breakfast in bed, or go for an early morning walk.  

6. Communicate clearly, honestly and frequently

Talking to each other is how we connect with each other. When we let our partner know who we are, what we need and how we feel, we allow greater intimacy. Turn off the phone, close the door, sit down and take a few minutes to breathe and settle in with each other. Openness and honesty are essential. The goal is to show more and see more of each other. It takes time and patience but is worth it.


 

Source: Sherry Myers/http://vividlife.me

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