Falling in love is a thing of beauty, but keeping the spark alive (amidst all of the things that need to get done on a daily basis) can feel like hard work. The thing is, breathing new life into a long-term relationship canbe as simple as trying or doing new things. Here are 40 fun little ways ensure your love flourishes instead of falters this year!
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Take a date night! You're both busy and you deserve to enjoy each other's company every now and then.
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Mix up your evening routine and do something you wouldn't normally do on, say, a Tuesday.
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Spend an entire day in bed together—from breakfast to bedtime.
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Celebrate each other's victories with bubbly...
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Do the same for each other's failures. (When one window closes, another one opens!)
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Laugh—even if it means going to a local comedy show—there's no better medicine.
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Talk it out. If there's an issue work it out through words. It'll bring you closer. Then...
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Take a minute to kiss and make up.
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Chill out. Sometimes you can spend too much time with a person, if that's you, consider taking some time alone. As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
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Is there anything more fun than concocting a new recipe or dish together?
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Pick a current affairs topic to debate; you'll learn something about each other by sharing your personal perspectives.
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Say "I love you." It's so simple and so powerful!
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Talk about your future. Making plans means talking about all of the awesome things you can do together (like take trips or buy a house!), and that's exciting!
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Plan a vacay. There's nothing that excites people more than a little R&R.
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Move on from the past. There is no bigger mood killer than bringing up stuff that can't be changed or altered.
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Eat at the latest restaurant in your city—and then brag about it to your friends.
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Wander around your city while holding hands and flirting with one another like you're tourists meeting for the first time.
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Binge watch a TV show you wouldn't normally tune into. Imagine the conversations you'll have around plot lines!
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Play a board game and stoke the fires of friendly competition.
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Don't like board games? Then challenge each other to a match of touch football or a long-distance run.
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Read a book to one another. It's romantic and unique.
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Do something different! Relationships can fall into ruts, and a surefire way to bust one is to do something for the first time, together.
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Tackle a unique house project together, like planting a garden or trimming your trees.
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Speaking of learning something new, why not take a class with your partner? You'll bond over the experience and can chat about how your new skills have affected your life.
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Hang out in nature. It's an aphrodisiac!
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Meet with pals. Sometimes chatting to friends with your partner will make you remember why you fell in love with them in the first place.
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Leave your partner a sweet note, especially if it's not something you're accustomed to doing.
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Hanging out with each other's family and friends is a great way to bond and learn more about where your partner comes from.
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Be spontaneous and take a trip together. Why not plan one for this weekend?
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Do something that involves being a duo, like a massage.
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Make a joint bucket list. What do you guys want to do by the end of the year, in 5 years, or in 10 years? Chat through, then list out, the possibilities.
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Take a leap of faith and do something that scares you with your partner (skydiving anyone!?).
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Plan the best date night at home complete with the finest food and wine.
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You know how your mind can wander mid-conversation? Stop that! Listen to what your partner has to say.
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Unplug! When your favourite show ends, turn off the TV, turn off the radio... Just be with one another.
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Do something as simple as "hit on them" AKA tell them how sexy you think they are.
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Remember your first date? Talk about it! Relive it, if you can.
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Put away the smartphone and focus on the person in front of you.
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Embrace your inner kid and have a pillow fight!