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Five Ways to Refresh Your Relationship

A relationship is like a delicate rose bush. If you care for
it, it will bloom year after year with unsurpassed beauty. If
you don't, you might end up with a dull, lifeless entity that is
struggling to survive.

Below are five ideas to keep your relationship in bloom for
years to come.

If you are single, read these tips with an eye on what you will
want to do in a long-term relationship. If you are in a
relationship, pick one or two of the five ideas and integrate
them into your relationship now. You will be amazed at how many
nice feelings you can create quickly by taking a few simple steps.

1. Make time for your relationship week after week.
Take time for each other every single week. For most couples,
it is a good idea to have a standing date night. Communicate to
your friends, kids, everyone, that this night is reserved
especially for the two of you. Keep the date every week, no
matter what. Make it your priority.

2. Do fun, pleasurable things together.
Sharing fun and pleasure fosters intimacy. Intimacy is what
relationships are all about. Share good meals, share play time,
share jokes and funny movies, share outdoor activities. What
matters most is that the activity is fun and pleasurable for
each of you.

3. Do long-term activities as a couple.
Do something long-term together. Learn about investments, take
dance lessons, refinish the furniture, reach your fitness goals.
Do some long-term activity that will enrich and interest each of
you, together. By doing this you will stay connected to each
other and foster common ground in the relationship. Make sure
that this is above and beyond child rearing.

4. Resolve conflict quickly.
It is hard to say you are sorry in the heat of an argument. In
some ways it is easier to have a fight and go into your separate
corners. But unresolved conflict, or conflict that lingers,
fosters long-term hurt and resentment. It's ok to disagree. But
it's important to find a resolution quickly.

5. Keep the romance alive.
In a long-term relationship, romance is not something that
happens automatically most of the time. Everyday pressures and
time constraints have a tendency to rob us of spontaneity.
Romance needs to be consciously created. Remember that romance
will keep your relationship fresh and exciting and will keep the
two of you close. Take turns creating romance intentionally.

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