There are no two ways about it, sometimes relationships are tough. Sometimes, even those of us in the most blissful domestic situations view the single life with a mixture of envy and wistfulness. Sometimes, you just want to be alone, or start new, or even commit bloody murder. If, however, you’re actually reasonably happy with your loved one, it’s usually easier to try and revive things than break up with your lover! Here are some ways to go about it.
Tell your girlfriend to block off a few hours one day this week, then take her on a secret picnic.
Bake together and then pull what we in the business call “a Violet Blue” — meaning your lover feeds you and you’re not allowed to use your hands.
Write lists of reasons why you think your boyfriend is hot/a genius/the best ever, and leave them in secret places.
Go camping at the beach and tell each other ghost stories
Resist the urge to ‘win’ every argument. (There is no such thing.)
Be vocal about your adoration.
Hold hands when you’re sleeping.
Make up ridiculous names for one another.
Do new things together. Go to the orchestra, the opera, the ballet, little dive bars in Chinatown, the casino, the state fair, art galleries, libraries, vintage clothing stores. Dress up and do it properly, make it an occasion.
Sit in cafes, drink coffee or hot chocolate, and talk. No cellphones, no newspapers, no paperbacks. Just the two of you.
Cook a big meal together once a week
Spend time underneath blankets.
Make sandcastles at the beach.
Keep photobooth pictures of the two of you in your wallet.
How do you keep your relationship fresh?
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