New ways to get to know your man

Jan 12, 2012 at 8:15 a.m. ET

Feel like you know everything there is to know about your man? Think again! The longer you’re in a relationship, the more you find out about your honey, and the more likely you are to become complacent. Make an effort to keep your bond feeling brand spanking new this year with our top tips for getting to know your man even better!

Get to know your guy all over again

Take a walk down memory lane

There's nothing better than reminiscing about good childhood times, right? If you want to learn more about your honey and get to know the boy he was before he became the man you love, plan a fun at-home date night filled with memories you might not have shared before. Break out the baby photos and the home videos and share your favorite childhood memories with each other. It might sound silly at first thought, but doing so can really help bring you closer to your honey once you both start to share these memories that really made you who you are today. Maybe you'll find out a funny story from his mischievous past or discover a sad memory he might not have shared before. Either way, you'll feel closer than ever before.

Get to know his friends

Whether you're buddy buddy with his guys or you're just on a first name basis, meeting and getting to know his friends is a great way to feel closer to your man. Friends often know things that girlfriends might not have learned yet, and they're a great resource for gift-giving ideas or those times when you're not sure how to approach a certain situation with your guy. Plus, if you show your man that you're seriously interested in getting to know his guys, he'll feel that you really care about his whole life, and not just him.

Take an interest in his work

Sure, you might have spent a few hours with his co-workers at his company Christmas party, but do you really know that much about what your man does from 9-5? We're sure you have a pretty good idea, but there's nothing like watching your man in action or seeing the fruits of his labor to bring you closer. Is your guy a writer? Surprise him by spending the afternoon reading his latest work! Is he a lawyer? Sneak away and visit him in court. Whatever your dude does, make an effort to really see him in his glory. Doing so can help you feel closer to your man's professional life and will show him that you're interested in all of him, not just his cute face and witty charm!

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