The beginning of relationships are always fun—things are new and you want to be with your man/woman all day, every day. But eventually it takes a little more effort to keep the spark going. Some psychologists believe that the feeling of intense romantic love only lasts about 18 months to at most three years however, I’m sure you know at least one couple where the sparks still seem to fly decades later.
8 ways to keep your relationship fresh
Touch and embrace often. So many couples hold back kissing, touching, or holding each other until they have time or the desire to have sex. Affection is the way to make love all day outside of the bedroom- Maintain the desire.
Show your love in small ways. Leave a love note on their pillow, stuck in their purse, briefcase or book they’re reading. Bring home a special treat you know 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.
Date Night. This is a must. Try to schedule date night at least once a month, twice a month would be great. Make it mentally stimulating.
Laugh and play together. Couples who laugh more are more satisfied in their relationships. Humor and laughter also seem to have a buffering effect – using humor during conflict can help you resolve the issue.
Try new things together. Trying new things with your partner can help prevent boredom, make you feel closer to your partner, happier with your relationship, and more satisfied with life in general. Groupon always have great deals for couples.
Cultivate gratitude. Never take your partner for granted. It is important to notice and acknowledge when your partner does nice things for you. A little “thanks” can go a long way. When people feel grateful to their partners, both partners end up feeling more connected with each other and more satisfied with the relationship.
Celebrate triumphs. Couples who celebrate achievements and triumphs are more satisfied with their relationships, experience fewer conflicts and have more fun together.