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Top 5 Ways to Keep the Love Alive In Your Relationship


The time has arrived; you have fallen in love and then out of love. It’s not that you don’t love your partner anymore; it is just that spark has diminished and you desire to find ways to ignite even the tiniest of spark to hang onto this relationship. The key to this is to never give up on putting effort forth in your relationship, but even the best of us have times that we don’t have the strength and our relationship suffers. Today we want to help you keep the love alive in your relationship with these fabulous tips to show love and ignite the spark between you two again!


Laughter

It is said that you should commit to spend the rest of your life with someone who can make you laugh. We are talking full belly laughing that makes your stomach hurt. There probably was a time when you made your partner laugh often, but as life happened the jokes stopped. Every human being is guilty of letting life get in the way of their ability to make others laugh. Make it a mission to find that laughter again. Take a full night off from everything and just sit back and chit chat like in the beginning of days and enjoy a good laugh.

Listening

Sure we listen to each other all day long, that everlasting rambling of a story we have heard a hundred times. It may get old hearing the same story over and over again, but stop letting it get to you. Remember to listen fully no matter how many times your partner is telling you a story. Let go of the negative feelings and focus on the fact that your partner is actually talking to you. Many relationships stop practicing good listening skills as they get too comfortable with each other as time goes on. Today we invite you to start listening better, regardless of the topic.


Flirting

There is nothing wrong with continually flirting with your partner. As years go on, the flirting stops because it was used as a means to gain the attention of your loved one. Think about all of that time spent flirting and being charming with one mission in mind, to get that person to commit to you. Relationship can ignite the spark again or keep it going if they continuously flirt with each other. That bond happened due to the initial flirting stage, take time to give your partner a little wink, tap on the bum or say something completely charming to make them swoon all over again.

Appreciating

As time goes on and the relationship has become more habit forming, let’s face it one partner does the dishes and cooks dinner more often than the other. One partner may always take the trash out or sweep the floors and dust the house. These actions have become something that is just expected and no longer appreciated as time goes on. The key to appreciating your partner and make it ignite a spark is to do it on a whim versus a routine. Stop letting the daily tasks become mundane and routine, take time to express your appreciation for these everyday tasks. Write a thank you note or even surprise him or her with a bouquet of flowers. You'd be surprised at how exciting that will be.


Physical Attention

This is very similar to flirting, in the beginning you both were highly attracted to each other physically because of all that flirting. It makes sense the physical attention subsides once you are committed to years of life together, but it isn’t okay to let the physical attention stop. As human beings we need that connection both emotionally and physically with our partner. When physical attention goes on the back burner, the relationship slowly fades. Take time to sneak in a hug or a kiss throughout the day, one great way to do this is to just walk up and give them a big ole kiss on the forehead or cheek.

While there are certainly more ways that you can keep love alive in your relationship, these that we have highlighted should be paid attention to. After all, you want long lasting relationship built on love, trust and commitment, but you need to work on it, it just doesn't happen overnight. Take time to focus on your relationship so you can get the relationship that you were meant to have.

Let's discuss: What other ways can you think of to keep love alive in your own relationship?

Annmarie John
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  1. These are really great tips. It's all about making the effort. after a long time married, some people forget.

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    1. I think that's what destroy a lot of marriage. They take each other for granted and forget to do the things that attracted them to each other in the first place.

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  2. Love these tips, and think that listening is a major one. If you feel unheard, you all of a sudden feel alone. And that's no good. :(
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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    1. You're right. No one likes feeling alone. Thanks for stopping by Karen.

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  3. Listen more than you talk. You have 1 mouth and 2 ears for a reason. We should listen to our partner twice as much as we speak.

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    1. I've never thought of it that way but yes you're absolutely right!

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  4. Doing things together. My husband and I have been married for 39 years and we have our separate interests and sometimes we forget to do things together!

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    1. You can have your separate interests but you should still find time to do things together.

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  5. We like to sneak away just the two of us at least once a year. It's a great way to make memories, have some "alone" time and enjoy just being with that other person. We also have started doing more stuff together so we have more in common.

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    1. That's a great way to make memories for sure. You do need alone time together as a couple without the kids or any interruptions.

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  6. Such important tips. I have been married for 15 years and can tell you marriage isn't always butterflies and roses. It takes worth on both sides, but is so worth it.

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    1. I've been married for 11 and yes I agree, it sure isn't butterflies and roses for sure. :)

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  7. I can say that many of these points have been sticking points in my relationship over the past year. We are working on it and have made great strides, but we still have a long way to go.

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    1. And that's ok, as long as you're doing it together.

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  8. All of these are so important. Any good marriage counselor will tell you that. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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    1. You're welcome Quezzo and you're right, they're all important.

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  9. These are some great tips. Keeping the love alive can be hard sometimes, especially when you have been together for so long or you are going through some hardships.

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    1. That is true but if you're committed to each other, you'll take the time to do what needs to be done, unless you're no longer invested in the relationship of course. Hopefully that isn't the case.

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  10. I think "Appreciation" is key - it's so easy to take someone for granted, or just to stop noticing how much they mean to you.

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    1. That is very true Paula. It is very easy to take your significant other for granted after you've been together for so long but you shouldn't, you should always remind them of how much they mean to you.

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  11. When things get too crazy in our lives my husband and I leave each other little notes to stay connected. It was something we did very early in our relationship when we lived in separate places and worked different hours. It keeps us from feeling like two ships passing in the night.

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    1. That's a great idea too Roxanne, and it seems to have worked well for you. Keeping up with little things you did in the past is something that would most certainly keep you connected and grounded.

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  12. These are all great suggestions. Sometimes our lives get so busy, we forget that little things like Thank You and little love notes on post-its are simple ways to let your partner know you appreciate them.

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    1. Yes that is very true. We get so caught up in our lives that we forget the little things.

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  13. I think Listening is the biggest thing in our life! We both start to feel frustrated when we don't feel listened to!

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    1. Yes, I know that I get frustrated when I'm ignored so yes that is true as well.

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  14. I think that a relationship without laughter would be a very dull relationship indeed so I agree that it would keep love alive. You speak truth.

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    1. Thank you Ana. If you can't laugh with your partner, then what is the sense in being with that person. Just keep it moving. :)

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  15. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband and we are to be happy together. I used to be so cynical about love and relationships but so far, gotta say we're good and our little one grounds us. We do silly things and laugh together and for me the most important time of the day are our dinners together.

    Good tips there!

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    1. That's awesome! Not everyone is as lucky as you are. Stay blessed!

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  16. These are wonderful tips! My husband and I love laughing. It's one of the things that greatly bond us together.

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    1. Sounds like you have a great husband. Laughter is the best medicine after all.

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  17. Great tips!!!! I'm always telling people appreciate each other! Simple complements can really go a long way!

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    1. There's nothing worse than feeling unappreciated. You're right! Simple compliments can really go a long way.

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  18. After 11 years I can tell you this is so important!!! There are times where it is so hard, but these tips are so important!

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    1. I've also been married for 11 years and yes it is hard but its something that you have to do if you want to keep your marriage alive and well.

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  19. The flirting is powerful! I forget how much it is like that. When we first met and dated, we'd flirt. When I was away in NYC, I sent him flirty texts. It's not 100% of the time at home, but I like to sprinkle it in. Marriage is much more difficult than I ever knew, and there has to be an attention to.. pretty much everything..
    For some, it's easier and the "work" is more fun. For others, not so much!

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    1. You do have to keep the love alive, especially if you want your marriage to work. Sounds like you have it down in yours. :)

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  20. Thanks for these relationship tips! So helpful! My hubby and I have been so busy lately that we decided to take a date day wherein it's just the two of us. We took the train to SF and enjoyed the streets of China Town. It was awesome rekindling our date days!

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    1. Oh that's awesome! I wish my hubby and I used to do things like that, but he's always busy with work and barely has any time for anything but work. :(

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