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The How-To Lounge: Keeping the Spark Alive

One of the most common complaints from couples is that although they're still committed to each other, they seem to have lost the magic that they had in the beginning of their relationship. Part of making a long term relationship work is learning to create surprises and romance even in the midst of stress, work, family, and everyday life. To get some tips on how to keep your spark alive, click here to


  • Make a point of spending one on one time with your partner in a way that's fun for both of you. If you're both outdoor enthusiasts, go on a camping trip together. If you're both foodies, make reservations at the new hot spot.
  • Give each other random gifts every once in a while just because. It doesn't need to be anything fancy — just something small will show your significant other that you're thinking about him or her.
  • Make sure you're meeting your partner's needs. Compromise is key in any relationship so if watching the football game means a lot to him then just do it!
  • Find any excuse to laugh. Laughter is the best way to keep you and your relationship feeling young. This means you're going to have to laugh at yourself a lot, so try to keep your sense of humor even on the worst days.

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intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
I agree with Phunkometry...that picture is so cute!
Phunkometry Phunkometry 8 years
Aw I love that picture :)
Phunkometry Phunkometry 8 years
Aw I love that picture :)
elmendoa elmendoa 8 years
i love these but i think GUYS need to read this...why don't they clue guys into this stuff?
pixelsugar pixelsugar 8 years
I need someone who is going to be able to respect the fact that I don't need to be with them 24/7. I love having a partner, but I need to have a separate life separate from them. Most guys I date don't get that. If they do get that, then sweet texts or emails are always nice once in a while. I'm not a fancy girl, I like to keep things plain and simple.
pixelsugar pixelsugar 8 years
I need someone who is going to be able to respect the fact that I don't need to be with them 24/7. I love having a partner, but I need to have a separate life separate from them. Most guys I date don't get that. If they do get that, then sweet texts or emails are always nice once in a while. I'm not a fancy girl, I like to keep things plain and simple.
loveisinbloom loveisinbloom 8 years
I like to send my guy random sweet text messages throughout the day, it just shows him that I'm thinking about him during my day and when we're not together
mscatch22 mscatch22 8 years
Thanks for the ideas. I've always found that at some point, you sort of get overly comfortable with your partner. I make a point of telling my man how adorable I think he is, or randomly commenting him on something. I think pointing out the lovable qualities tells him that I care, and also keeps me level headed when he does something bone-headed!
ccsugar ccsugar 8 years
LOL ashcwebb me and my man do the same thing!! ;)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I like them too :)Very true!I like bringing home flowers for my man every now and then just to show I am thinking of him :)My boyfriend and I like to wrestle (which always turns into a steamy sex session) btu it really doe shelp keep us laughing and having fun!We'll wrestle and try and pin each other down and then he'll just throw me over his shoulder and bring me to the room haha.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I like them too :) Very true! I like bringing home flowers for my man every now and then just to show I am thinking of him :) My boyfriend and I like to wrestle (which always turns into a steamy sex session) btu it really doe shelp keep us laughing and having fun! We'll wrestle and try and pin each other down and then he'll just throw me over his shoulder and bring me to the room haha.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 8 years
awe these are great tips! sometimes you forget all these little things when in a relationship with life and everything thats going on around you! but these really are great tips! i have started telling my boyfriend one positive thing about him once a day! :) and its really worked! :) just something radom like you make excellent chili haha.. its a little boost here n there, everything counts!
mnp mnp 8 years
Chilvary isn't dead either. Trying to stay polite with one another always helps, too.
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