Even the most passionate relationships can get a little stale. After hours of watching TV, sharing colds, getting into petty fights, and generally seeing your partner at their worst, how can you spice things up? According to the trending Twitter hashtag #HowToKeepARelationshipNew, there are plenty of ways to stoke your relationship's fire, ranging from the serious to the silly.
Although love isn't an exact science, there are a few things science has to say about love. One study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests that partners who are deeply aware of their lover's emotional needs will be able to maintain a higher level of lust in the long run. Basically, the researchers demonstrated that building intimacy is what provides the kindling for an extra hot connection, so sex begins long before you enter the bedroom.
Since being in a partnership isn't all about steamy sessions, however, there are also plenty of other concrete things you can do to keep a relationship fresh, from traveling to new places together, trying out new activities, or even venturing into uncharted culinary territory. In short, the road to coupled satisfaction is filled with manageable tweaks you can do to keep it exciting.
The following are a few pieces of advice on how to keep a relationship new, courtesy of Twitter:
1. Don't Slack On Your Romantic Efforts
"Keep working as hard to keep them as you did to get them." #HowToKeepARelationshipNew— WallsFallingDown (@Walls_FallDown) June 20, 2017
2. Try New Things Together
Try new things together. Try to get at them like they aren't yours yet. Try 🤗#HowToKeepARelationshipNew— cherrypie (@cherry_igot7) June 20, 2017
Rearrange furniture together, go on a picnic, find New ways to compliment each other and eat love live live laugh #HowToKeepARelationshipNew— Rob (@cronnini) June 20, 2017
3. Keeping Going Out On Dates
#howtokeeparelationshipnew— Angela Topia (@Angelatopia) June 20, 2017
I don't think "new" is necessary, but always go on dates, keep sex important, grow together not apart.
4. Change Up Your Appearance
#HowToKeepARelationshipNew by wearing a different fake mustache every day.— Michael (@Norveilex) June 19, 2017
5. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
#HowToKeepARelationshipNew Both put their phones down and talk once a week.— Kung Rane (@Reckless69) June 19, 2017
#HowToKeepARelationshipNew just give her/him the attention she/he deserves, as like you did when you met. Smiling, flirting, listening.— Bertha Irene Gomez💋 (@B3_Irene) June 19, 2017
6. Don't Forget The Sex!
7. Keep Growing Individually & Collectively
Continue to grow individually, and together, and you'll never run out of curiousity for each other and life! #HowToKeepARelationshipNew— Eileen Street (@eileenstreet) June 19, 2017
If you're feeling a little bored in your relationship, know that you're not alone or doomed — and Twitter may even give you the trick that works.