Keeping the romance alive way past the honeymoon phase

They say communication is the key to a healthy relationship, a healthy marriage, a healthy friendship, and so on.  There are no relationships without ups and downs, but during down times, the best way to get through the hard times is to be in full communication with your partner. Not only would it help get through the rough times, but it will help build a strong and healthy partnership.

How about when things are going well and there really isn’t any major issues to “communicate” over? Do you still make an effort? The answer is, yes. You absolutely should. Communication isn’t always verbal. It could be small gestures, such as getting flowers to show your partner how much you appreciate them. That one small gesture would not only make your partner feel loved, appreciated, and valued, it will also increase the romance in your relationship. Another small gesture that can make your partner feel loved and happy and keep the excitement in the relationship is giving her/him cute love notes every now and then. Love notes can be as simple as writing a sweet note on a post-it and leaving it somewhere for them to find. It could also involve more creativity. The main goal here is to give them a reminder of your love and basically make them smile. Just because.  Another way to improve communication is going on dinner (or lunch or brunch) dates and communicating over dinner. Even if you live together, having dinner at home is not the same as a date night. There is just something about getting ready, dressing up, and having dinner outside of the home environment with your significant other. Talk about things that are fun, share memories, share dreams, and goals. Try to avoid work talk as much as possible.

And last but not list, you can always send a gift to your partner, something thoughtful just to show them that they’re appreciated. Imagine how special you would feel if you received a gift box, custom made just for you in the mail. It’s the little things that count.

So be mindful of the fact that making an effort is absolutely crucial to maintaining a happy relationship (or even to the survival of your relationship) and at times, making small gestures can go a long way.