I get married three months today. So when a ‘Rekindle Romance Week’ press release fell into my inbox, I can’t say I was overly thrilled. In fact, I was scared this was some kind of omen of tings to come.
Anyway, it is what it is, and in celebration of Rekindle Romance Week, exactly six months after Valentine’s Day, new research from Choosey Cards examined how couples keep their relationships special and exciting. They quizzed one hundred couples about the romance in their relationships – was it a once a year extravaganza for Valentine’s Day or did they keep it blooming all year round?
Based on the research, here are some fool proof ideas to rekindle that romance and fall in love with your partner all over again.
1. Travel Together
Travelling together can help you bond, and exploring a new place in the UK or abroad can be a welcome change to your normal routine. It reduces stress, builds intimacy, and helps the two of you learn more about each other. It’s also a great way to give you more to talk about and create lasting memories together.
2. Remember, The Small Things Count
Showing you care, doesn’t have to be with extravagant gestures, sometimes the smallest of gestures can have a big impact. Stock up on your partners favourite food for a little surprise after a tough day at work. Never skip an episode ahead on your favourite TV show. And don’t assume romantic cards are just for Valentine’s Day. It may seem like a dated way to communicate but in fact the research shows that nearly a third of couples buy each other ‘just because’ cards, with the highest age group being the millennials.
3. Make Each Other Laugh
Sometimes life can get serious, work can be tough, and we forget to laugh. The study found that the closer and more relaxed couples were with each other, the more they would laugh. Be it reminiscing, teasing or observing the world around them, laughter is an underrated way to share more. Couples that share jokes report higher levels of intimacy and understanding, from reducing awkwardness on the first date to squashing tension during a heated moment.
4. Between the Sheets
If your sex life starts to dull down and perhaps even become routine, it’s important to make time for intimacy. The research found couples said sex was an important part of staying close to the other – mentally as well as physically – and they spiced things up by trying something new. Broadening your horizons together can be an adventure that lets you learn more about yourselves and each other.
5. Tell Them How You Feel
Choosey’s research found that 66% of couples said “I love you” daily, however 8% of couples never say it. Those three little words are incredibly powerful offering a sense of security that can’t be misinterpreted. Let your loved one know that they are special, that you do care, that you still love them. It doesn’t have to be done through an elaborate poem, just be open, be real, and be honest.
Remember to show your partner how special they are this Rekindle Romance Week, and continue to surprise each other throughout the rest of the year and beyond!