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Every day, hundreds of singles jump into new relationships. Puppy love always feels amazing, but once the honeymoon phase has passed, many couples find themselves wondering why they even got together in the first place! If this sounds familiar, don’t worry: you’re certainly not alone. Thankfully, just because feelings have started to fade doesn’t mean you can’t bring them back tenfold! Here are six different ways you can keep love alive in your current relationship.

Become Your Partner’s Best Friend

Friendship is a cornerstone of any healthy relationship. Without friendship, most couples are reduced to simply being casual acquaintances that happen to live together (a setup that’s likely to fail in the long run!). If you’re not already your partner’s best friend then this is something you’ll need to work on. That’s not to say that you need to do everything together, but you should look forward to talking to & spending time with your partner. A great way to strengthen this bond is by communicating more! You’ll quickly remember the thing(s) that made you fall in love with your partner in the first place.

Find Activities You Both Enjoy  

“Opposites attract” may be true to a certain extent, but if there aren’t any activities that you & your partner do as a couple then why are you together? While maintaining your individuality in a relationship is important, it’s worth taking the time to find a few activities or hobbies you both enjoy. Doing things together will not only help strengthen your relationship but also provide inspiration for future date ideas! 

Don’t Stop Dating (Even Once You’re Married!)

One of the first things that couples who live together often do is stop going out for dates. Unfortunately, experiencing the struggles of daily life doesn’t exactly foster romantic feelings, which is why making time for “date night” is so important. Dates are a special time where you and your partner can forget the world, instead of focusing on each other and living in the moment. It might not be realistic to go out as often as you did when you first began dating, but it’s still worth dedicating at least one day a week to simply enjoying your partner’s company.

Put Down Your Phone

Technology can be a great way to keep in touch with your partner, but it’s completely unnecessary if they’re already in the same room. In fact, your favorite mobile devices are probably ruining your relationship and preventing you from interacting with your partner as much as you should! Put your phone down when you’re spending time with your partner and enjoy some old-fashioned face-to-face conversation instead. Your Facebook friends will still be there when you have some time to yourself.

Be Spontaneous

Grand gestures don’t tend to work out (unless they’re in a movie), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do special things for your partner. They’ll surely expect to get something for Valentine’s Day, but you can easily surprise them on any non-designated day with something just as romantic! Doing something special for your partner will be much more memorable if it appears to come out of the blue, as it shows you’re always thinking about them even when you’re apart.

Explore Your Desires Together

Maintaining a healthy sex life is important in any relationship. In the beginning, sex seems new and exciting. Sadly, many couples find that the spark seems to fade as time goes on. After a while, masturbation might just seem easier, especially if your sex life seems mediocre at best. However, it’s important to know that this is a common problem. It’s not that you no longer enjoy your partner’s presence; you’re just tired of doing the same old thing!

long lasting relationshipFortunately, there are many sex toys for men and women that can help bring the passion back to life. People often think of sex toys as objects used only by a single person, but there are many stimulating toys designed with couples in mind. Even basic penis toys can give a breath of fresh air to otherwise uninspired sex life!  If you feel like your sex life needs improvement, check out the best adult toys for men and women online until you find something that catches your eye. Talk it over with your partner & see if it’s something they’d be willing to experiment with. If so, enjoy! If not, keep looking until you find something you’re both eager to try.

Love is a Journey… 

And hopefully, one that you & your partner will share together for the rest of your lives. Long-lasting relationships are based mainly on two things: trust and communication! By following through on the suggestions above, you can ensure your partner always feels respected, understood, and—most importantly—loved. Here’s to all the happy years ahead!

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