How to keep the romance alive


Now is the time to show your partner how much you appreciate him or her. "But it's nowhere near February 14th!" we hear you exclaim. Which is true - but you don't need an excuse to get romantic. In fact, it actually means even more when a gesture comes seemingly out of the blue.

1. Be silly

Especially if you're in a long-term relationship, you're probably busy with "grown-up" things like mortgages, bills and work. But there's nothing wrong with embracing your inner child every now and again. If you want to kill two birds with one stone and get active, embrace one of your other half's favourite sporty hobbies. Take a ball to the park, play mini golf or hunt down soft play areas aimed specifically at adults - it might seem silly at first, but you'll have too much fun to care. If you'd rather stay at home, get competitive with a board or video game. It's attractive to be playful and fun and laughter is great for the soul.

2. Keep it casual

When you don't have much time for romance, there can be huge pressure when you do schedule a date night. Booking in advance for an expensive restaurant, splashing lots of cash and squeezing yourself into glamorous clothes can all add up to equal stress and disappointment if something doesn't go to plan. Instead, do something sweet but simple. Take your partner to the cinema to see a film you know they're interested in or back to the cheap restaurant where you got really drunk that time. It might be an overused phrase, but the thought is what counts - and effort will always outshine cash.

3. Bring back the spark

How often do you tell your other half how attractive you find them? Or even better, show them? It's nice to feel wanted, as you probably know. So rather than texting them about putting the recycling out, send a suggestive message that hints they might be in for a treat later tonight. Also make the time to compliment them on their outfit, hair... whatever looks particularly good that day. It's likely to be just the confidence boost they needed.

4. Make their life easier

Love is often shown in the simplest gestures. If you really care about someone, it's likely their happiness is pretty high up on your list of priorities. This doesn't mean you need to do anything grand, but rather think ahead about what they might need. Know they're stressed at work? Make a packed lunch the night before and put a little note in saying how much you love them. They've missed their train and are starving hungry? Whip up something quickly so it's there when they get in. It's small gestures like this that will mean a lot and don't take much time out of your busy day either.

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