Relationships are never always easy. 
It is normal to hit some bumps in the road or to even have long
stretches where you and your partner have a hard time connecting.  Couples who are lucky enough to seem to get
along more often than not have probably discovered a little secret early on in
their marriage.  That secret is to show
love and affection in little ways often- not always in big ways when things
seem to be going badly or when an apology is in order!

 

Imagine stopping on the way home from work and picking wildflowers from
alongside the road for your spouse.  She
may have had a difficult day on the job, the kids were trying her patience or
you both simply seem to have lost your intimacy lately.  If you were to walk in the door with a fist
full of wildflowers you took the time to select just for her on the way home;
you will have broken the surrounding atmosphere with love and
consideration.  You both have the
opportunity to start fresh with that one, small yet powerful gesture.

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If you are going out of town or simply feel like ‘ships passing in the
night’ because of kids, commitments or work, find a sun catcher, charm or
porcelain figure in the shape of a star or a shooting star.  Wrap the trinket in a small gift box and fold
a note on top of it that says, “Wish you were here” and place it in his or her
travel bag or even in a briefcase or purse. 
When he or she finds it and knows that you are missing them and thought
enough to share that sentiment, it will stir emotions that may not have been
awakened in some time.

 

In order to change tedious or tired routines or to inspire intimacy,
you might be surprised at how little effort is required.  Tape a note on the television that says,
“Wouldn’t you rather turn me on?” instead. 
If he or she is enjoying a good book, remove the bookmark and replace it
with a note that says, “I bet you’ll never guess where I’ve hidden your
bookmark.”

 

Remember the small things you used to do when you first got together
that would make your heart flutter and put a twinkle in your eye?  Do them again!  When you go shopping, for a walk or you’re
just sitting together watching TV, hold hands, link arms or put your arm around
her.  Softly whisper “Hey” into his or
her ear and gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes.  If he or she wants to know what you are
doing, simply say that you are amazed at how much you love them.

 

These simple, small acts can really go far when it comes to sparking a
little romance in your marriage.  They
can break the monotony of a relationship or help your partner to feel
appreciated and loved.  You can expect to
feel the same in return!

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