If you're totally smitten with your significant other, it's always nice to make sweet romantic gestures from time to time, just to show them how much you care. Although movies might have us believe that ~true romance~ is hiring skywriters to profess your love for your significant others up in the clouds, real life romance is fortunately a little more low-key. You can offer to run an errand for them or get them a kitten — no matter how big or small the gesture, doing something that you know will make your partner happy is always romantic.
"Everyone says they want to date their best friend, but one of the things that separates a BFF from a significant is romantic gestures," Samantha Burns, couples counselor and dating coach at Love Successfully, tells Bustle. "Romance keeps the spark alive and helps to sustain both emotional and physical intimacy in a relationship. It's comprised of thoughtful effort. A romantic gesture doesn't have to be expensive or over the top; it's the thought and planning behind the act that is the most meaningful. The best type of romance is selfless and involves prioritizing your partner's happiness and showing them how much they mean to you."
Of course, there's never a bad time to try being more romantic in your relationship, but now might be the best time, because August is National Romance Awareness Month. In honor of that, Match took a look at the data from their 2017 Match Singles In America Survey of over 5,500 singles to figure out what singles thought were the most romantic things their partners could do — and it turns out that both men and women were pretty traditional when it came to their romantic preferences.
One foolproof, easy romantic gesture? Putting your phone away more often: 45 percent of singles said the way to them on is by turning your phone off during a date. Here are five other sweet romantic gestures that singles agreed were swoon-worthy.