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Rev up your relationship

Courtship is inherently romantic. Once it’s over, though, keeping that sense of passion and intrigue can be difficult. If your relationship is lacking romance lately, here are a few ways to reignite the spark.

Rev up your relationship

Cursive number 1

Dress up & go out.

Think back to when you first started dating: You probably didn't sit on the couch all night watching television. Back then, going out was easier because you weren't quite so tired from work, or maybe you now have kids. If you want to bring some romance back to your relationship, you're going to have to go on a date. You don't have to spend a small fortune on a fancy dinner, but do something fun that you haven't done in a while. See what's going on in your neighbourhood (live shoes, gallery openings) and then grab dinner or drinks somewhere you've never been.

Cursive number 2Set a relationship goal.

Working toward something as a couple can help bring you closer and make you feel like you're a team again, rather than just two people who happen to share the same bed. Whether you both commit to learning Spanish or saving up for that round-the-world trip, striving for something together will boost your bond.

Cursive number 3take a weekend away.

A weekend escape might be just what the love doctor ordered. Choose a mutually agreeable weekend, book a few nights at a nice hotel or bed and breakfast, and hit the road. The time away from your regular routine will help you rediscover each other and remind you of how much you love each other. There will be no dirty dishes to worry about, no emails to check and nothing to do other than enjoy each other's company.

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