Relationships are not like rocket science. You don’t need anything extraordinary to make them work, all you gotta do is simply keep at them and let your partner feel loved and cared for with small, romantic gestures. Put these 10 gestures to good use then, and watch them work like magic over your love life…
Do something new together
Research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that couples who try new things together have a better quality relationship than those who stick to the same old. While these activities don’t have to be drastic — skydiving? No thanks — the only thing that matters is that the experience is new to the both of you. So try interesting, like making sushi together. That sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Smile at each other when you return home after a tiring day at work.
It’ll make both of you glad to be home, next to each other and that smile passed walking into the door will set right a lot of things that may have gone amiss during the day.
Use love note a lot
Write little love notes and slip it into your lover’s pocket even if it’s just a little ‘I love you’. These notes don’t have to be elaborate. Even a little lipstick mark on a piece of paper will bring the same smile!
Giving personalized gifts
Christine Kim, from Los Angeles, California, enjoys the fact that her partner thinks of her while he’s traveling. “My boyfriend of two years is in fashion and travels a lot for trade shows and fashion shows,” she says. “Every trip he makes, he manages to come back with a personal gift that is special to the city, state, or country.” Whether it’s a lipstick or a button/patch for her denim jacket, she says this makes her feel special. “It makes me feel like he’s always thinking of me no matter where he is or how busy he might be.” When a significant others’ actions convey levels of respect that makes another person feel good, Bahar says, “they are more inclined to nurture the relationship back and a healthy connection continues to be strengthened, because the person feels appreciative.”
Use lots of surprise date
Surprise your partner by taking her out to a nearby favorite picnic spot late in the night while she’s still in her night suit. Spread a blanket on the ground and have an impromptu getaway with champagne and strawberries. Or plan a surprise weekend getaway to a nearby place.
Lots of kissing equals higher relationship satisfaction, a study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior found. Researchers from the University of Oxford surveyed over 900 adults, asking questions about kissing frequency, attitudes toward kissing, and relationship satisfaction. Results concluded lots of “good” kissing was the greatest testament to a good partnership. Go figure!
Call each other by silly pet names!
And reserve all rights to use them exclusively. Trust us, every time your partner will call you by it, you’ll feel oddly special. Like only you are his cuddle-bear, and no one else.
Holding arms will on a walk
Clasp hands when you’re crossing a street or walking through a crowd. Wrap your arms around your lover when you’re standing close to each other, and don’t keep more than a feet’s distance between each other unless you have no choice!
Let your partner know when you’re missing them!
There’s nothing more heart-warming than being reminded that the person you love is thinking of you too. It’d make your partner feel needed and he’d want to race back home to you.
Share the chores
Mom loved when you did them and so does your partner: chores. In a small study from UCLA, researchers tracked the lives of several relationships over four years. What they found was couples who evenly disperse chores get along much better than those who don’t. If they cook, you do the dishes, and so on.