With the most romantic day of the year right around the corner, couples around the nation are gearing up for what's sure to be a perfect date, no matter what. Right? Wrong. It's totally possible to kill the mood on Valentine's Day, even if your partner doesn't have skyrocketing expectations or doesn't hold you to higher-than-usual standards (quite common on the holiday of love).
In fact, more than nine out of 10 Americans believe the way you act on a Valentine's Day date could make or break the evening, according to a new survey released by OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation company. For the survey, 2,058 adults living in the United States were polled on how they like to celebrate Valentine's Day.
For instance, the survey found that around 62 percent of Americans think arriving early with a surprise gift, like flowers, will put both of you in a good mood. I'm guessing this also makes it much more likely that the rest of the date will go well. As for mood-killers? Well, there are quite a few. Many of these are big no-nos that would seem like common sense, but partners all too often do them anyway without even realizing it. Here's what not to do this Valentine's Day: