In any Marriage, familiarity is the slow death of the relationship and as it’s Valentines Day 2012, I thought it was a good opportunity to remind those of us who are married, that it’s the little things that make a marriage strong. Here is a great list about how to keep that romantic spark flourishing between a husband and wife. (list was taken and adapted from futurescope.com)
Begin the day by giving your mate a huge bear hug.
Tuck an “I love you” note in his lunch box or in her handbag.
Have a messenger deliver a bunch of flowers for your lover at work.
Go for a walk in the park and hold hands.
Write a letter to your partner’s parents, complimenting them on bringing up such a fine person.
Really listen to your partner when he or she talks of an interest, even if it may not concern you.
Mouth the words “I love you” to your partner, across a room full of people.
Indulge a whim of his or hers, when there is no occasion to do so.
Go for a movie which has an actor/actress, your partner is a fan of.
Give your love a foot massage, after a long day at work.
Admit that you made a mistake, when you actually make one.
Look at your partner when he or she is speaking to you.
Whisk your lover away for a waltz, if a romantic number is playing on the radio.
Ask if your partner is free, before inviting your friends over for a drink/dinner at home.
Compliment her on her new hairstyle or him on his new set of golf clubs.
Wish your partner luck, before an important day at work.
Ask him or her to show you how to do something new.
Call your partner, if you are going to come home late.
Surprise your lover with tickets, for a romantic cruise.
Write a short poem expressing your love.
Take the phone off the hook for an intimate evening.
Whip up a three-course meal for your lover.
Go to a place of worship and pray together.
Pursue a hobby together over the weekend.
Stay close to your partner at a social event.
Read out an interesting piece from the newspaper or magazine, to your partner.
Ask his or her opinion on a matter that concerns the society at large.
Don’t interrupt your partner when he or she is talking to guests.
Laugh at your lover’s jokes, even if you have heard them a hundred times before.
Smile at your partner when your eyes meet, even if you have nothing to say.
Go out on an unplanned date.
Watch an old, romantic, classic movie together.
Serve your lover breakfast in bed on a Saturday morning.
Snuggle up close.
Set the table for a candlelight dinner even if you are having pizza.
Rent a DVD or book from the library, that you know is your partner’s favourite.
Fill up his/her car at the petrol station, without being asked to do so.
Carry your lover’s photo in your wallet.
Say ‘Good Morning’ first thing in the day.
Meet for lunch once in a while.
Accompany your partner on a shopping trip, even when you don’t have anything to buy for yourself.
Kiss him or her for no apparent reason.
Play your lover’s favourite songs on a rainy day.
Be polite to his or her co-workers, even if you don’t personally care for them.
Try out a new restaurant or a new dish together.
Offer to work out with your partner when he or she feels too lazy to go to the gym.
Buy a present, however small, for your lover, even when there is no occasion.
Praise your partner in front of others.
Compliment your lover on his or her choice of a restaurant.
Tell your partner to take a night off and hang out with friends.
Cheer lustily when your lover scores in a game.
Compile a list of romantic quotations from the internet and mail it to your lover.
Find a quiet moment and tell your partner what you like about him or her.
Rub his or her back after a particularly gruelling day.
Book tickets to a game featuring your partner’s favourite sports team.
Whisper in his or her ear that you love the new perfume.
Call up your partner’s favourite radio show and dedicate a song to him or her.
Play a word game together and let your lover win.
Ask your partner about his or her dreams.
If your lover seems upset, hold his or her hand.
Be a gracious host when your partner’s boss is invited for dinner.
Take your lover’s siblings or cousins out for a pizza.
Do the weekend laundry without being told to.
Fly to Hawaii for a romantic weekend.
Mail a joke or a funny video.
Tell your lover that he or she looks more attractive with every passing day.
Appreciate your partner’s voluntary activities for the church or community.
Discuss your future together.
Be ready with a cool drink when you can hear your partner returning from work on a hot day.
Pick his or her favourite dessert on your way home.
Send your lover a post card with a romantic message.
Go through your old photos together.
Watch home videos that his or her family may have sent.
Be a secret admirer and invite your lover to a mystery date.
Politely agree to differ, on controversial topics.
Pull up the covers as he or she sleeps.
Attend an art or photography course together.
Lend a hand, when you see your partner in the midst of some heavy work.
Offer to buy the week’s grocery supplies.
Plan a vacation together.
Ring up your partner’s parents to ask how they are.
Send him or her a hand-written letter on scented paper.
Watch your partner’s favourite TV show together.
Gift him or her a luxurious spa session.
Take a hot air balloon ride together.
Come up with silly nicknames for each other and use them only when you are alone.
Customize a mug or a mouse pad with your picture for his or her desk.
Get your lover’s favourite painting or photo framed by a professional.
Hike to the mountains and watch the sun coming up together.
Leave a note or a lipstick kiss on the bathroom mirror.
Recreate your first date.
Take your partner home to meet your family.
Designate a song or poem as “ours”
Buy a subscription to his or her favourite magazine
Let your partner have the morning paper first, on a weekend.
Hold your lover close and let your hearts beat together.
Taken from Futurescopes.com