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10 Best Ways to Spice Up Your Marriage

Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011 02:47 PM

When you are in the "just-married" stage, everything seems rosy. Some years down the line, it’s a different situation. Yes, you still love your partner but often times feel that the romance has left of your marriage. Fortunately, the romance is right there, under your nose, waiting to be rekindled. Here are ways some to spice up your marriage and take it from humdrum back to hot:
1. Begin with putting the spice back in yourself. After years of marriage, chances are that you have let yourself go. Neglecting yourself is a no-no. Take some time out and indulge. Get a good haircut, facial, or a massage.
2. Get back into shape. This tip is especially for couples with kids. Join a gym, go cycling, jogging, or take up yoga. Getting fit will also do wonders for your skin and sexual energy levels while elevating your mood.
3. Join a dance class together. As an added bonus, you could get back into shape together. If it suits both your temperaments, why don’t you consider joining a salsa dance class? The moves are guaranteed to heat up your love life.
4. Increase the sex factor. Shop for a sexy outfit. This could be your external dress or what’s underneath it. It should be something your partner likes looking at. This is something that both men and women can do. Also, try something new in the bedroom. Don’t let sex become a chore.
5. Go on a second honeymoon. Take time out from your busy schedules and kids. Go on a holiday together. Some suggestions: the beautiful island of Santorini in Greece, the Caribbeans, Tuscany, or Paris. In fact, take frequent honeymoons.
6. Show you care. Come home from work earlier than usual and practice devoting more time to your partner. Do things for each other, whether it's giving a massage after a tiring day, doing the laundry, or cooking dinner.
7. Start dating again, but with a twist. Break out of your comfort zones by trying something different and fun. How about an evening at an amusement park or a carnival? Follow it up with dinner from the hot dog stand.
8. Indulge in some "me" time. It’s great to spend quality time together but it’s not good to do it all the time. Spend some "me" time apart – take up a hobby, or hang out with friends. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, after all. And it’s good to be unavailable sometimes.
9. Break the routine. Keep the romance alive with the element of surprise. Here are some suggestions: make a candlelight dinner for two, leave notes around the house, or wash his/her hair.
10. Increase the touch factor. Humans love being touched. Studies have shown that touch increases happiness and contentment levels. Create a private, intimate atmosphere with a gentle touch, lingering eye contact, a private smile, and quick hugs.

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